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No H.A.R.M.

by Physiotherapist Michael Wood

The 'No Harm' principle complements the R.I.C.E.R. (Rest, ice, compress, elevate, referral) principle, and is extremely important in the initial 48 hours following a soft tissue injury.


H - Heat
A - Alcohol
R - Running/Exercising the injured area
M - Massage

Why is it necessary to adhere to the principle?

Heat and alcohol cause the blood vessels to dilate (open up) and increase the bleeding in the injured area. Exercising the body part or massaging the area also increases the blood-flow to the area. This is detrimental to the repair process as there is increased swelling in the area to be resolved.

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Medicine Extra

There are many Sporting Injuries to know about, some Specific to Certain Sports. There's information about Injury Tretament, but Prevention is better, including by performing a Warm-Pp before each fitness session, which should include some Stretching.

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