Last Modified on Jun 29, 2015
While organized physical activity is a positive component of a healthy lifestyle, sports and other forms of exercise do create the potential for sports-related injuries. Not warming up appropriately, poor training techniques and even accidents can lead to a wide range of common injuries. Effective natural treatments, however, safely and quickly relieve pain and reduce inflammation that may be caused by an injury.
What are Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries are common and include such conditions as sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, injuries to the Achilles tendon, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, fractures and dislocations. A sports injury is often the result of overuse, improper training practices, inappropriate gear worn or accidents during physical activity.
Natural Remedies for Muscle Strain and other Exercise Injuries
One of the first treatment practices that should be applied in the case of a sports injury involves the acronym RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Following the initial treatment other options can be applied including natural treatment gels and soaks to relieve pain and prevent soreness. Arnica gel, Epsom salts and vinegar are among the most effective treatment options.
Arnica gel is derived from the herb arnica and is used to treat a variety of health conditions. The compound contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing and reduce pain. The gel relieves muscle soreness and can even treat sprain-related pain.
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound that contains vital nutrients including magnesium and sulfate. The combination of these and other minerals in the salt regulate the body’s metabolic processes, reduce inflammation and restore muscle and nerve function. An Epsom salt bath also flushes the system of toxins, relieving pain in this way as well.
Vinegar can be used in a variety of ways – as a soak, tonic or even rub – to relieve soreness and pain related to sports. Vinegar functions to pull toxins, including built up lactic acid, from the body to relieve inflammation and soreness. Vinegar also contains active vitamins and minerals that restore the body’s ability to rebuild muscle and nerve tissue.
Staying active is an important part of staying healthy, but so is taking care of one’s body. Natural remedies can help effectively treat sports injuries and offer relief of a variety of issues.
[YEA] My teenage son was using a hoe in the garden and hit his ankle quite hard. He kept working anyway but by evening the area that he had hit was swollen and was still hurting him.
At bedtime I took a couple of paper towels and poured raw apple cider vinegar onto them. (Not dripping wet, just saturated.) I placed this on and around the swollen area. I wrapped that with plastic wrap and covered the whole thing with a sock.
In the morning he removed the poultice when he woke up and the swelling and pain were almost completely gone! He worked most of the day helping a friend to shear sheep and didn't have any trouble or any more swelling.
~Mama to Many~
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn
Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Lindsey (Waukesha, WI) on 02/23/2009
[YEA] I swear by using Arnica Gel for sports injuries. My son had a 3rd degree sprain on his ankle during a basketball game. He was told that he would be out for the rest of the season. He wore a walking boot during the day and iced his ankle 5 times a day and after each time he would smear Arnica gel all over. He was so swollen for 2 weeks for almost 3 weeks. At his next visit to get rechecked which was 2 weeks and 3 days. He was completely healed. The doctor was amazed. He said that he could go back to playing as long as he felt O.K. He hasn't had any problems since. My husband had one of his basketball players use it when he hurt his back in practice. The kid was skeptical but came back the next day and wanted to know where he got it because it worked.Replied by John
Boise, Id, Usa
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles) on 03/13/2006
[YEA] I use arnica gel to help in recovering from sore muscles from rigorous martial arts workouts. I also supplement with potassium once in a while. However, I've noticed that potassium lowers my already low blood pressure so I need to be careful with that one! Soaking in Epsom Salts is another technique I use from time to time. I cannot stress the importance of ice packs on an injury! They bring swelling down quickly.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Gigi (Denver, CO, USA) on 10/02/2014
[YEA] I've been suffering from RSI for about 3 weeks and was giving up as much as possible typing on the computer. I've also had a foot issue with different sensation occurring for 8 weeks. So far x-rays and MRIs haven't revealed anything leaving my doc to think perhaps arthritis. I read several posts about alkalizing the body on Earth Clinic by drinking baking soda with water. Began drinking the concoction yesterday and the pain literally began diminishing after 3-4 hours on a scale from 1 - 10, being about a 7 to about a 2. It sounds incredibly unbelievable and had I not personally felt the difference, would have NEVER believed it. I hope this works for others and hope it continues on this end. Earth Clinic is the best resource I've found - thank you & blessings to all those who share their insight and experience.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by anonymous (usa) on 09/06/2011
[YEA] My daughter broke her tailbone while dancing. I took her to a physical therapist at Ability Rehabilitation in Orlando, Catherine Weibel. She specializes in pelvic rehabilitation and manually treated her coccyx. She never had pain again.
Here is a list of doctors by state, look for someone who does manual treatments. I hope this helps.Replied by Faith