Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation are useful during the acute stage of injury.
After the first two or three days, start trying to alternate heat and ice. If the injury is elbow to hand or knee to foot, fill one tub with 120oF water and one with ice cubes and water. Soak in the hot tub two minutes, ice tub 1-2 minutes and repeat 5 times. After this Contrast Therapy is a good time to stretch. Alternating heat and cold helps to strongly flush toxins out of the tissues while decreasing inflammation.
Topical application of herbs also helps keep the therapeutic effect long lasting. Chinese liniment or patches are often the secret weapon to combat lasting pain and discomfort.
The following research on NSAIDS supports my empirical observations in practice.
June 06, 2011 | PainBy Deepak S. Patel, MD and Brian A.adrian, MD, PhD
ABSTRACT: Many physicians consider NSAIDs to be the medication of choice for managing musculoskeletal pain and injury. However, studies have questioned their value in the healing process of bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries and their use carries the risk of potentially serious adverse effects. Animal and human studies have linked NSAID use to poor fracture healing. There appears to be little role for NSAIDs in tendinopathy outside of initial symptomatic pain relief. Animal studies provide conflicting evidence of efficacy in ligament injury, but human trials suggest that short courses may be of benefit in acute injury. Experimental animal models mostly demonstrate no effect on muscle healing or a reduction in muscle strength. Alternatives for analgesia in musculoskeletal injuries include acetaminophen, opiate-containing medication, and topical preparations. (J Musculoskel Med. 2011;28:207-212)
- See more at: http://www.rheumatologynetwork.com/articles/do-nsaids-impair-healing-musculoskeletal-injuries#sthash.JX6st5KA.dpuf
Research overwhelmingly indicates that acupuncture can be helpful at all stages of prevention and healing.
In other new, sitting in a hot tub reduces anxiety.