We all have encountered injuries while we are doing our day-to-day activities, this may be while cooking, playing a sport, or even while walking. Now you can’t avoid injuries however you treat basic ones at home by just using a first aid kit.
What To Expect When You Get Injured?
You can expect the subsequent common symptoms after you are injured immediate pain and most of the time this can be followed by swelling and bruising. You should feel a sharp sensation for the first few hours, which is just your body responding to the injury. This sensation will go away within a few hours after applying the treatment.
Before even we start caring for the injury we need to have a first aid box handy, now you can always go on amazon and get one, however it’s recommended that you build one as you would know how to use each component in the box and what it could be used for.
There are certain things you can keep ready at your home that you can use in emergencies. For example, you should always have bandages and bandaids. Your freezer should be equipped with an ice pack and the tray should be filled with ice every day. You should also have a heating blanket or a heating pad. It can be electrical or the one that requires hot water to be put in.
Here are some ways in which you can use the things at home to treat mild injuries. This is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. These are the remedies you should use and only use if the injuries are not serious and you just want to relieve some pain or certain symptoms.
Ice Pad or Ice Pressure
When you apply ice or ice pad to an area, the blood vessels in that area constrict and the blood flow to that area is reduced. If the blood supply to an injury is reduced then that area will not swell up too much after the injury.
This remedy if using ice is only for injuries on soft tissues where there is a possibility of swelling. It can also be used for inflammation in an area but never use for more than 20 minutes at a time.
While ice is used to reduce pain, heat is used to widen the blood vessels and quicken the healing process. It also has a soothing effect when it is used to reduce spasms in the body. Heat has been found as the most effective method to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps. If you feel that a part of your limb is a bit stiff, you can use heat therapy on that area to relieve the stiffness.You can heat up an area of your body to treat aches. There are a number of ways to do that – heating pads, deep heat cream, heating blankets, heat lamps and hot water bottles.
Massage helps in relaxing the muscles and encourages blood circulation in the area. This remedy helps stretch out the tightness in your body which can help with scar tissue, strains, sprains, muscle tears, and even broken bones. Massage therapy is used after post severe injuries as well to shorten the recovery time but it has to be done by professionals in the field. If you have a minor injury, you can start by putting light pressure for a few minutes daily, and if that helps then increase the duration and frequency gradually.