Soft Tissue Injuries and Natural Product Treatments

Soft tissue injuries are a fact of life. They are particularly common amongst the ageing population and also amongst those who partake in sport. They can also afflict individuals who have not had a long track record with exercise, but who suddenly take up a new exercise or health routine.

The soft tissues of the body are distributed right throughout the whole of the human physiology. From an anatomical perspective, soft tissue comprises such materials as fascia and skin, tissues that are more fibrous, as well as ligaments, tendons and other tissues that are not bone.[1]

Treating Soft Tissues with Naturopathy

Soft tissue injuries can be successfully treated allopathically and with natural health approaches. How you choose to treat these is a highly personal choice and ultimately up to the individual. If you do however wish to treat any tendon strains or ligament injuries with natural remedies that are suggested by an alternative practitioner, always makes sure you are receiving quality guidance and are given accurate information.

In natural health domains, a combination of therapies may be used to treat such injuries. You may source treatments from a variety of modalities such as:

  • Kinesiology
  • Homeopathy
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Massage
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbs
  • Vitamin Therapy

Straining and Spraining

Straining and spraining occurs when your ligaments or soft tissue areas are stretched beyond capacity or wrenched away from bone or other connecting tissues, causing inflammation and swelling, pain and in the case of the sprain – undue tearing.

If this occurs, you may want to consider receiving a comprehensive course of massage sessions to warm and soothe the affected area and loosen any tightness or sharp pain that may be occurring. In other circumstances it may be important to let the affected area rest, so always speak with a qualified professional to find out which course of action may be suitable for you given your injury presentation.

Supplements as a Natural Remedy

Many professional and amateur sports people also use supplements as both preventative and recuperative measures for soft tissue damage. You may need to research which supplements are most suited to your problem. In general however, many individuals will use some or all of the following:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Glucosamine Sulfate
  • Essential fatty acids – Omega 3, 6 and 9’s
  • Colostrum

Be sure to seek advice about contraindications and also correct dosages for children and adults.

If you choose to use herbs for soft tissue healing, you might consider puncture vine and yohimbe, but again, check with a qualified practitioner to find out whether these are suitable for you and your injury.

Remember to respect your injuries. Whether soft tissue or bone, injuries are communicated messages from our body. They can be viewed as signposts or signals to alert us to what we may need in the way of healing and treatment.

Good luck.