Health care practitioners to laypersons are quick to recognize RICE as the ‘gold standard’ treatment option following injury. Josh Mirkin an Acquisitions Editor at Human Kinetics in Champaign, IL. reached out to Dr. Mirkin and asked for permission to share his story. Read full article
Within the traditions of Chinese Medicine, ice is never used as a course of treatment. Ice reduces swelling, inflamation and reduces pain, but at a cost. The cold will cause contraction to the muscles, tendons and ligaments, along with the local vessels and causes the blood and the lymphatic fluids to congeal in the affected area. According to Chinese Medicine, this approach causes the Qi and blood to stagnate which impedes on the natural healing process to occur. This in turn can prolong recovery, limit normal Range of Motion and may be vulnerable for recurring injuries.
” Ice is for dead people”~ ancient Chinese saying referenced through Tom Bisio .
ICE IS NOT EFFECTIVE FOR HEALING AN ANKLE SPRAIN
The National Athletics Trainers Association found that ice was an over-simplified method and NOT effective at speeding up the healing process for a sprained ankle.
“The inflammation process assists in healing. We don’t want to interrupt that”, says Tom Kaminski, the lead on the study.
Therefore, the study also suggests you SKIP compression too, which had no real impact on recovery. Continue reading
Herbal soaks are a form of hydrotherapy used by practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Martial Artists; they are invaluable in treating soft tissue injuries. Shaolin monks, Martial arts masters, and Taoist masters spent centuries on the development of this herbal formula. Dr. Jean Caron has prepared in his pharmacy, this ancient formula that has been used for centuries with great success in treating tight muscles and tendons, spasms, and muscle cramps. Herbal soaks are primarily used to treat hand, foot, ankle, and wrist injuries. This formula can easily be applied as a compress for larger areas such as the back and shoulders.
There are herbal linaments for different stages of injuries such as:
- Dit Da Jow: Use for bruises, sprains, and strains. (e.g Trauma and sports injuries)
- Jin Yao Shui: Use for tendons, ligaments, and bones. (e.g Tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and tennis elbow)
- San Huang San: Use as alternative to using ice. (e.g Acute sprains and strains, first 24 hrs)
The use of herbal formulas combined with Acupuncture treatment is very effective in accelerating the recovery time in traumatic and sports injuries.
Contact us to inquire if Sinew (Muscle, Tendon and Ligament) Relaxing Soak is indicated for you, call (386) 677-5400
or Email Jean Caron for an appointment
You can look forward to a comprehensive exam during which you will be able to ask all of your questions and get prepared to begin your healing.