Homoeopathy and Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is generally reckoned to be a physical treatment focused on mechanical injuries and remedial exercise regimens. Often the impediments to treatment lie in the effects of acute inflammation and occasionally the tearing or damage to soft tissue. Homoeopathy finds its place in just such cases and therefore provides an ideal complement to structural re-education and manipulation.
Anti-inflammatories and painkillers sometimes mask symptoms and thereby predispose one to further injury due to lack of awareness of the extent of the damage. Drowsiness and addiction due to medication also concern those who experience repeated injury patterns.
Homoeopathic remedies prove invaluable allies in the treatment of a traumatic injury, muscle strain or damage to soft tissue. They are safe, gentle and effective and have been proven for over 200 years.
Remedies for Injury or Trauma –
Arnica – Damage to soft tissue, bruising, shock, swelling, internal bleeding. It is the number one remedy to consider in head injury or concussion.
Bryonia – Severe pain from broken bones. Joints that are red, swollen and hot and much WORSE for the least movement. Dryness. Swelling of elbows and stiff and painful knees. These complaints come on slowly as opposed to being a result of a dramatic injury pattern. The pains are much better for hard pressure.
Hypericum – Commonly known as St John’s Wort, Hypericum is a per-eminent remedy for damage to nerve endings. It is particularity useful post-epidural or where there has been crushing injuries to parts rich in nerve endings. Bites, shock, dental work or lacerations. It also has a particular application in the case of injury or concussion of the spine or coccyx.
Rhus Tox – Sprains, strains, damage to fibrous tissue, joints, tendons and sheaths producing pain and stiffness. The person may be restless and much better for slow continued motion rather than being still. First of the season strains where the muscles are unused to work and stiffness is a keynote feature.
Ruta Grav – Injured or bruised bones, a wonderful remedy for strained flexor tendons, joints, ankles, wrists and cartilage. Lameness after strains. Specific affinity with damage to wrists and small joints.
Homoeopathic remedies are available as part of Homoeopathic First Aid kits or over-the-counter in health food shops and pharmacies, they can make all the difference in terms of time ‘off the pitch’. In the event of an injury, consult a qualified physiotherapist and remember the magic of the minimum dose!