Setting your foundations for optimal recovery
The frustration of recurrent pain and injury can often be enough to give up on your short term and long term goals. Sustaining an injury leading into an event you have been training for over a long period of time can often be crushing. However, with the right mindset and positive approach to rehab and recovery we can turn these difficult times into long term successes. In the treatment and rehab setting we often find the people who look at an injury as a new challenge to overcome are the ones who not only recover the best but turn their weaknesses into their biggest assets.
The underlying cause of most injuries (excluding direct traumas) are due to some form of ill preparedness. That may be lack of strength or conditioning, lack of mobility, timing or coordination or maybe a spike in training load. It may also be due to lifestyle factors such as high stress levels, poor sleep quality or nutritional deficits. To successfully build our body back up after injury it is vital that we address what we think was the primary culprit of the injury (It is often a combination). All to often, we only focus our attention to the exercises and treatment associated with recovery, however, what is highly important in recovery are the less obvious aspects to rehab and recovery which play a significant role in turning your weaknesses into your strengths.
This starts with setting your mindset to one of growth and patience. Once you have set your mindset you will encompass other aspects of your health to optimize your recovery. Improving your sleep quality and quantity is one of the best ways to support your recovery process. Likewise, providing yourself with the right quality and quantity of nutrients to support tissue regeneration and growth. Lastly, understanding load management during rehab will allow your body to stay strong and not lose to much strength and fitness during recovery (a full blog on this coming soon). The order of may vary depending on what you are lacking the most, Below is a chart that we believe will allow your body to gain the best outcomes from your treatment and rehab. Each of the below components may play a larger or smaller role for you, depending on what you need the most. The purpose of these components is to help you optimally recover and gain the most out of your treatment and rehab.