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How To Treat Ankle Pain with Proven Natural Herbal Remedies

Ankle pain usually occurs as a result of a sprain. A sprain is an injury that affects the ligaments which connect the ankle bones. One of the most complex parts of the body is the ankle and it is where the tibia and fibula leg bones meet with the talus foot bone. These bones are connected to each other by the ligament and thereby give way for movement. Because of this complexity, the ankle is particularly susceptible to injury.

Get fast pain relief and healing with proven herbal remedies by following our treatment guide based on if you have Inflammatory Stage or Regeneration Stage Symptoms.


INFLAMMATORY STAGE SYMPTOMS AND HERBAL REMEDIES TREATMENT

The inflammatory stage starts the moment an injury occurs and lasts until the swelling and inflammation are gone. The swelling is the result of the blockage of blood, tissue fluids and circulation in the ankle because their normal movement has been disrupted by the force of the injury. Just like cars back up behind a traffic jam, causing congestion, exhaust and overheating; blood and fluids back up behind the injured ankle, causing pain, inflammation, lumps and swelling.

The sensation of heat is due to the warming action of the blood and fluids overheating in the injured ankle as they back up and accumulate. Stiffness and decreased mobility are due to spasms in tendons and ligaments that have contracted reflexively beyond their normal range from the impact of the injury.

As ligaments and tendons stretch and tear, blood from ruptured blood vessels becomes trapped in the local tissues. As the trapped blood clots up, it sticks the tissues together creating adhesions. Adhesions cause pain, inflammation and restricted movement because the layers of tissue that used to slide smoothly across one another now adhere and snap which interferes with normal functioning. It is essential to break up clotted blood as quickly as possible to prevent adhesions and scar tissue from forming.

During the inflammatory stage it is very important to restore normal circulation to the ankle, break up clotted blood and stagnant fluids, reduce swelling, and reduce the redness and heat associated with inflammation. By restoring the flow of blood, fluids, and circulation in the ankle, then pain is relieved, damaged tissues can regenerate with healthy functional tissue, and the ankle can strengthen and regain its mobility.

1. Apply the Ice Substitute Poultice on your ankle to reduce bruising, redness, swelling, and inflammation while dispersing accumulated blood and fluids to help restore normal circulation. This first-aid treatment is used in place of ice to significantly speed up the healing process. It reduces the swelling and inflammation more effectively than ice, allowing you to more quickly regain range of motion. Bruise Relief Liniment can be used in-between applications.

Ice is not recommended because it does not help repair damaged tissues and keeps everything in the injured area frozen, causing the stagnation of blood and fluids and the contraction of muscles, tendons and ligaments. In Chinese sports medicine ice is not used and is considered a culprit in injuries that don’t heal well.

2. Massage your ankle with Bruise Relief Liniment to relieve pain and bruising, reduce swelling and inflammation, break up clotted blood and stagnant fluids, and stimulate circulation of blood and fluids to help cells quickly repair damaged tissues. Ice Substitute Poultice can be used in-between applications.


3. The Muscle Therapy Massage Oil is recommended for use before and after exercise, sports and strenuous activity. It penetrates the muscle layers to bring heat deep into muscle tissues, relieve soreness, increase circulation, and improve flexibility in muscles and joints.


REGENERATION STAGE SYMPTOMS AND HERBAL REMEDIES TREATMENT

The regeneration stage begins once the swelling and inflammation are gone, but you still feel aching pain and stiffness. This is because there are still accumulations of stagnant blood and fluids in your ankle that are blocking circulation and blood supply to damaged tissues, creating residual pain, stiffness and weakness. You may actually feel hard nodules like sand in the tissue, indicating accumulation, calcification, and adhesions, which all cause pain, stiffness, and joint instability.

Your ankle may feel more sensitive to the cold and ache in cold and damp weather due to impaired circulation. When you move your ankle you may hear a clicking or popping sound from the tendons and ligaments slipping very slightly in and out of their natural alignment indicating weakness and joint instability, causing chronic pain and a cycle of reinjury. These symptoms are often the result of the ankle not receiving the proper treatment from the outset and over-icing.

Increasing circulation and blood supply to the damaged tissues is vital in treating chronic injuries because tendons and ligaments do not have an extensive direct supply of blood. That is why chronic injuries can be slow to heal. Increasing local circulation also prevents cold and dampness from penetrating the injured area, preventing pain and stiffness.

During the regeneration stage it is very important to break up remaining accumulations of blood and fluids, and increase circulation and blood supply to the damaged tissues. By increasing circulation and blood flow in the ankle, then pain and stiffness is relieved, and the tendons and ligaments can strengthen to restore stability.

1. Massage your ankle with Pain Relief Liniment to relieve pain and stiffness, strongly stimulate circulation and blood flow to damaged tissues, and promote the healing of overstretched tendons and ligaments. The Tendon and Ligament Poultice can be used in-between applications.


2. Apply the Tendon and Ligament Poultice on your ankle to significantly stimulate circulation and blood flow to damaged tissues, relieve residual pain and stiffness, and further promote the healing of overstretched tendons and ligaments. Pain Relief Liniment can be used in-between applications.


3. The Muscle Therapy Massage Oil is recommended for use before and after exercise, sports and strenuous activity. It penetrates the muscle layers to bring heat deep into muscle tissues, relieve soreness, increase circulation, and improve flexibility in muscles and joints.

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