There are some important reasons why you need to strengthen ankles after an ankle sprain. Healing a sprained ankle fast is great, but that is just one of the benefits you will get from the HEM Ankle Rehab System. H.E.M. was also designed to help significantly improve the quality of how you heal an ankle sprain. For example, most people report improved speed, agility and balance, because their ankles have improved range of motion and strength. And, since HEM Ankle Rehab significantly strengthens ankles, you will dramatically reduce your risk of future sprains.
When you sprain an ankle, there is a lot of damage. The ligaments can be strained or even torn or ruptured, which makes them very weak. There is also neuromuscular damage – in other words, you lose some of your ability to control the ankle joint. You will also feel a drastically reduced sense of stability in your ankles. And finally, scar tissue usually develops which can seriously hinder the healing process. So, there are a lot of things that need to be healed properly, to get you back to 100%.First, H.E.M. is going to show you how to reduce and eliminate the swelling and bruising fast. These are simple, but incredibly effective techniques that work in days, not weeks. Then, you will be working on breaking up and eliminating scar tissue and healing the neuromuscular damage. Finally, you will improve flexibility and strengthen ankles through a variety of powerful ankle exercises and stretches.
Now, imagine using only rest and ice and assuming that will magically heal your ankle. It absolutely will not… Rest and ice cannot heal neuromuscular damage, break up and eliminate scar tissue, nor can it strengthen weak ligaments and improve stabilization. It should therefore come as no surprise to you that up to 30% of people who have an ankle sprain still have ankle pain 1 year later.*
And those that somehow recover from just rest and ice still have very weak and unstable ankles that sprain again very easily. They end up relying on ankle braces and other equipment that slows them down and actually sets them up for more serious injuries (ACL and MCL tears in the knee).
In fact, the H.E.M. sprained ankle treatment does not recommend nor use any kind of brace, tape or wraps. Instead, H.E.M. teaches you how to build up the natural strength, stability and flexibility in the ankle. That makes you faster, improves balance and most importantly, reduces your risk of injury. Remember, ankle braces and supports do two very serious negative things:
1) They dramatically weaken your ankles over time, which makes them MORE susceptible to injury. Why? Your ankle is not allowed to move, so the stabilizer muscles in the ankle atrophy. So, if you strain your ankle at all when not wearing those braces, your ankles will sprain very easily.
2) Little to no ankle mobility puts your knees at great risk (i.e. an ACL or MCL tear). Remember, movement is supposed to begin with your feet and ankles which are very mobile, but if your ankles cannot move, the body will go to the next joint in the body, which is the knees. And the knees are a stable joint and have almost no mobility, which means they will tear easily if forced to move too far. So, you do not want to immobilize your ankles… you want them mobile and strong.
H.E.M. utilizes a combination of the best rehab techniques in new and unique ways to ensure that all the damage from the sprain is properly addressed. That means healing the neuromuscular damage, breaking up and eliminating scar tissue and strengthening the weakened ligaments in the ankle for improved strength, balance and healthy range of motion.
It will take you through the process step by step to ensure you experience safe and full healing of an ankle sprain. Anyone, at any age can do it. Once, you begin using the H.E.M. Sprained Ankle Treatment System, you will wonder how you could have ever relied on something as passive as rest and ice, hoping that it would magically heal your ankle.
(*Margo KL (December 2008). “Review: many adults still have pain and subjective instability at 1 year after acute lateral ankle sprain”. Evid Based Med 13 (6): 187.)