You’ve no doubt heard about the R.I.C.E method as an effective way of dealing with a sports injury in the hours immediately after it has occurred: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. But have you heard of the H.A.R.M method? The team at Cairnhill Physio believes this is something to be avoided. The common sports injuries a physio treats are often made worse because of H.A.R.M., so what is it and why should you be so wary of it?
We all know that what you do straight after suffering a sporting injury will affect the way you heal in the future. There are a number of things you should do – R.I.C.E being one of them. But within the first 48 to 72 hours following an injury, you should do no H.A.R.M. – Heat, Alcohol, Return to Activity, Massage.
H.A.R.M. is something you should never do. But what you should ALWAYS do is contact us following a sports injury. In those first hours after it has occurred, we can give you advice on what to do in the immediate aftermath. By getting the right advice from the start, you’ll give yourself a big headstart in the recovery process.