Accidents affect us in so many ways. There are the physical aspects to consider, the mental problems and the financial problems that arise afterwards. The actual events of the accident are really horrific and some patients are stuck reliving those horrific moments again and again. As if it wasn’t enough, you have to take days off because of your injuries and worry about the hospital bills and everything in between.
If you are one of the lucky ones, you will have suffered nothing more than some bruises, but apart from that you will be alright. The only thing that really got hit was your motorcycle, but that’s okay. It’s not more important than your life. The main thing is that you are alive and kicking.
So what are you supposed to do after the accident?
There’s the medication and the visits to the doctor. But is it all? Or can you do something about it too?
There are a lot of exercises that you can do to speed up your recovery and get back on your feet fast. Obviously, it doesn’t mean that you can just go to the gym and start lifting weights as soon as you’re able to walk. No, you should be careful what type of exercises are you doing.
Here are some of the exercises that you can safely perform in order to fasten up your recovery time:
Nope, it’s not a typo. We meant to write it. Singing is one of the things that can have a huge impact on your physical fitness and sadly the one thing that most people don’t know about.
The shock of the whole accident causes people to cry out or gasp in fear and horror. But they don’t do it freely, instead their chests are restricted and compressed so that your chest and diaphragm are tightened. After the accident, the tightness remains and causes shortness of breath and lack of oxygen in your vital organs. But when you sing, your diaphragm gets the much needed exercise that it is craving for and it helps bring back the levels of oxygen into your lungs. Another thing that you can do is to lie down on your back and place your hands and arms across your abdomen. Now start breathing slowly and calmly. Make sure that your breathing is even and not jagged. Take deep breaths so that it feels that your hands are being pushed out. Do this exercise for at least 5 minutes every day.
Walking is one of the best recovery assets that you have by your side after the Motorcycle accident injury. As long as your physician or your orthopedic doctor agrees, you can start with short walks. You can do that in the park or just outside your house. Just make sure that you are walking on a flat surface and not an uneven one. That can create problems for you later on. Wear a pair of supportive and sturdy shoes. Ask your doctor for a recommendation. If you can’t do a lot, start off with a minute or two. The more you practice, the better you will be and this is something that will give you instant results.
Stretching exercises are a lot of help if done properly and with the doctor’s consent. The one thing that hinders most people’s recovery is that they might have injuries that hinder their movements in certain directions. If you overdo the exercise without any regards for your injuries, it might set you back instead of forward. Ask your doctor if you can do any stretching exercises. They will also be able to recommend which exercises you can do and which of them you can’t do. Stretching exercises can help with the scar tissues that are left after the accident. They can also help you manage the pain that comes with the injuries and the scars.
A lot of people don’t know about guided aqua therapy exercises. These are one of the best ways to bring your body back to its full potential and recover as quick as possible. There are numerous studies linking aqua therapy exercises with recovery. It basically involves doing exercises inside a pool or another body of water. Not only will these exercises help you recover, but the water will also help take the weight off your injured and tired muscles, ligaments, and joints. Also, there will be a trained and licensed instructor with you all the time so you don’t have to worry about doing it wrong.
Another thing that you can do while you’re in the pool is swimming. Swimming gives you a chance to heal your body without causing any further injuries or harm to your backbone. It takes the stress of gravity away from your body. You don’t have to be an expert swimmer to try it after your accident. Just make sure that you don’t do a lot of twisting and turning when you’re in the water. Keep it simple and light. Try the breaststroke or the backstroke for minimum rotation.
Another great exercise to do after an accident is the cat-camel exercise.
Get down on your hands and knees on the floor. Now relax your head and allow it to droop. Now push your back up towards the ceiling until you can feel your upper, middle, and lower back stretching. Hold this pose for as long as you can without causing yourself any discomfort. You can do as much or as little as you want. Once you’ve had enough, return back to the normal position and relax. Make sure that your back is flat in the beginning of the exercise. Now push your stomach towards the floor. Lift your buttocks towards the ceiling. Once again, hold this position as long as you comfortably can. No matter what you do, do not overdo this exercise thinking you can recover faster. Take it one step at a time.
While you will have doctors and lawyers and all sorts of people looking after you, that’s not an excuse to just lay around. You can help yourself and recover as quick as you can with these exercises. Just take things slow and keep you doctor in the know.