SOCCER AND YOUR BODY
Fighting Inflammation Naturally
By Roy Gillespie B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A., C.A.F.C.I - Pinnacle Sports Physiotherapy, Kelowna, BC
After an injury, remember the acronym "R.I.C.E." - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Applying ice for ten minutes at a time after the injury can significantly reduce the amount of inflammation and subsequent pain that occurs. The icing is often most useful for 3-7 days after the injury. It can be done through ice massage as well as putting ice in a bag. Compression can be performed with bandages or with tape.
From a nutritional perspective there are certain foods will help moderate the degree of inflammation.
Glucosamine sulphate can be useful for chronically inflamed joints. Recent research has shown that it may be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain.