So some of you may have noticed I wasn’t in the office this morning. I had a wonderfully embarrassing
fall down some hardwood stairs yesterday. Thank goodness I married a chiropractor . So during my
recovery time I’ve had to take some of the advice that I give all of you. I’ve been resting (yep, hard for
me to do), having multiple epsom salt baths, getting checked and adjusted regularly by Dr. Jason, and
watching what goes in my mouth. After a fall like this I think most of our tendencies is to try and dust
it off and fight through the pain; go on with our daily lives and just “hope it goes away”. Well, what I
see everyday in practice is that “it” doesn’t just go away. Some times that pain will slowly shuffle to the
background, but the damage to the spine and the nervous system doesn’t. So I thought I would share
with you Dr. Danella’s 5 steps to recovering from an embarrassing fall down the stairs (which can be
applied to many embarrassing injuries I’m sure):
1. If you aren’t married to a chiropractor, make an appointment with one as soon as possible. It is the
nervous system which regulates how your body heals, so any misalignment to the spine will affect your
recovery time. Having a chiropractic adjustment will not only help with your immediate discomfort, but
will likely influence how your body heals in the long run.
2. Fill up your tub with warm water. Add 2 cups of epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Add your sore body
and soak for atleast 20 minutes (bring a good book). By using Epsom Salts, your skin will readily absorb
magnesium and sulfate. As the sulfate is absorbed into the skin, toxins are drawn from the cells. Muscles
relax. The magnesium reduces the inflammation in the muscles and relieves pain. The magnesium also
helps the body bind serotonin, which is a chemical that promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation.
The relaxation you feel, in turn, helps alleviate stress, which drains magnesium from the body and can
cause tight muscles.
3. Clean up your diet. You know what your grandma used to say… “you are what you eat” (or was that
just my grandma)… she was right (as usual). During a time of healing it’s crucial that you not overwhelm
your body with sugars, additives, food colorings, etc… that it doesn’t need. Eat as cleanly as possible,
and if you have a juicer, juice as many green healthy veggies as you can. Here are two of my favorite
juice recipes for you to try. Simply put all the ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!
“AAA” Juice (thanks to The juiceman Jay Kordich for this one)
1 stalk of celery
1/2 beet with the greens
1/2 handful of wheat grass (I use Kale when I don’t have wheat grass on hand)
1/2 handful of parsley
Dr. D’s special juice:
1 slice of sweet potato
4. Arnica Cream. Ahhhh the wonders of bruises. It’s like a rainbow on my derriere right now. It’s
fascinating really. Have you ever thought about why we bruise? Bruises appear when the soft tissue has
been damaged causing the tiny capillaries and veins located under our skin to break. These broken veins
and capillaries release red blood cells and it is these red blood cells that collect under our skin which
causes the bruise to heal. Over time the tissues go through a metabolic process to heal the tissues and
an assortment of colors appear. At first it may be a dark blue or black, and as it heals it may look yellow
or green until it eventually goes away. Thank goodness for the immune system!
If you would like to enhance what your immune system is already doing for you, consider using arnica
cream. Arnica dilates your blood vessels so that the healing power of your blood can come through
5. Rest. This is a hard one in this fast world. Giving your body the chance to heal is important. Respect it
and you will be on your way to recovery. Ignore it, and you will soon hear it calling.