1: Conversation – One of a therapists strongest tools is our conversation with patients. We want to know anything and everything about you! Your medical and social history, pain, past and present injuries, along with your overall health status.
2: Sleep hygiene: Everyone is looking for the next cutting edge recovery gizmo, tactic, or idea. However, we often overlook the simplest and single most powerful recovery tool in our arsenal, our own bed.
–Avoid blue light: Try not to utilize a cell phone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device for 2-3 hours before bed and no cell phones in the bedroom, according to research by the University of Toronto and Harvard Health. Exposure of blue light can increase Cortisol, which wakes you up, and decreases melatonin, which puts you to sleep. http://www.health.
–Complete darkness: Invest in some black out curtains and sleep in a cool pitch black room. Again this speaks to our body’s natural bio-rhythms and allows us to fully enter the deepest, most restorative stages of sleep necessary for tissue healing and health.
–10 colors: Aim for 10 colors per day of fruits and vegetables. Various colors mean a varying window of vitamins and minerals. This means that we are getting a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. You will provide your body the pieces needed for health and also it will help with the feeling of fullness.
At Impact our goal is to help you get better quicker. So hopefully this list of tips for outside the clinic can help us to achieve this goal as a true patient/clinician team!