If you have ever sustained a hockey injury, whether it was a minor sprain or something more serious, you know how debilitating this can be. Even a minor pain can cause great difficulty on the ice.
Obviously, when an injury occurs, it is always imperative to see a doctor and take his or her advice seriously, especially in the case of severe injuries. With that said, though, for less serious injuries, there are many things that can be done to aid recovery on one’s own.
Try Static Stretching
One thing that can be highly effective for hockey injury recovery is static stretching of and around the affected area.
Static stretching is stretching that asks you to simply hold a stretch for an extended period of time, usually for about 30 seconds. This is different from dynamic stretching, which requires a lot more movement.
In the case of injury, dynamic stretching can actually do more harm than good, but static stretching is a great way to work out the pain and promote healing and repair in the joints and muscle tissue.
Sit in the Sauna or Hot Tub
Another thing that can help with aching muscles and/or sore joints is to sit in a hot tub and/or a sauna. Obviously, these options are not “cure alls,” but they can help to reduce pain and inflammation, which can help to promote healing.
When using these methods, it is important to stay hydrated and to mind how much time is spent in steam and heat, but many people find this recovery method both comforting and healing.
Enjoy a Massage
Another thoroughly pleasant way to alleviate pain and inflammation and to promote healing is by getting a massage that focuses on the affected area.
This is very enjoyable, and as long as a qualified masseuse performs the massage, there is really nothing to worry about. At worst, it doesn’t help, and you still had a pleasant experience.
In fact, any method you try that is not harmful, providing you seek medical attention when needed, is probably going to be okay when recovering from a hockey injury, though the methods presented here are certainly your best options.