Updated: Dec 3, 2020
When you are recovering from an injury you need to move....ALOT. Targeted exercises, mobility, and soft tissue work can make up part of a well rounded physical approach to healing. However, when you are trying to recover from an injury you also need to pay special attention to your SLEEP.
I often get questions from people during their rehab about what else they can ADD to their program. Sometimes we do need to add exercises to a program, but we almost ALWAYS need to work on REMOVING things from their lives to improve sleep habits while rehabbing.
YOUR BODY HEALS WHEN YOU SLEEP!
If you are working hard on exercises, mobility, and soft tissue but you are neglecting your sleep, you are missing out on the healing power of sleep. Remember, when you exercise you create DAMAGE to your muscles which stimulates the body to grow and adapt in response. However, the body can only grow and adapt when it is given the proper conditions...hopefully you see where I’m going here.
The absolute best conditions for healing and adaption to occur are when you are regularly getting quality sleep.
Getting quality sleep can be difficult for many people. One of the easiest ways to improve your sleep is to have consistency in your routine. While your are recovering from an injury, try having a set bed time and turning off all screens at least 1 hour before bed. Your body will thank you and your recovery will be more effective and efficient as a result.
Best of luck of on your recovery journey! If you would like to learn more about how Blue Iron Physio can help you, click here, to set up a call with Dr. David Schwartz