Sometimes, success can reveal unforeseen issues. In this case, if your ankle is out of pain in just a few days, you can do too much too quickly. And that happens a lot with people who use H.E.M. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it takes more than a few days for people to get out of pain. But, most people, especially those with mild sprains, who use HEM Ankle Sprain Rehab and are out of pain in less than a week.
But, if you try to do too much too fast, swelling can occur and you may start feeling pain again. It’s human… You feel better so you get back to sports or activity. But the reality is that you need to be a little patient when coming back from an injury. It’s amazing that my system has helped so many people much more quickly than they previously thought possible, but that doesn’t mean that you should immediately get back on the basketball court, for example.
You have to honor your body and make sure you take the proper amount of time not only to get out of pain, but get the range of motion and strength back into your ankle before challenging yourself too much. And as people who have used our sprained ankle treatment know, the Prehab section (which is filled with more challenging exercises) should also be reserved for when you are more fully healed, let alone more challenging sporting activities.
Keep in mind, we are not talking about months here… I just want to make sure you don’t jump too far ahead after an injury. Follow through the steps of the H.E.M. Ankle Rehab System with a sense of taking care of yourself and make sure you really have that ankle healed before jumping into the next step. By moving slowly but surely, you will heal a sprained ankle fast, because you won’t endure any setbacks. And that way, you will be maximizing the effects of the system while also getting yourself more ready for sports and other rigorous activities.
At the end of the day, this system is about healing and that means listening to your body. My approach has always been to use caution and take a little extra time to fully heal and protect yourself from further injury. That doesn’t mean being sidelined for months or even 2-3 weeks, but it does mean making sure you allow your body to get the maximum benefit from the system before putting force and pressure on the joint before it is ready.
As your ankle gets stronger and more flexible through the system, you should be challenging yourself more and more. When it is ready, you should have a pretty good feel for that, because the ankle will feel strong and mobile and the pain will be completely gone. I hope this helps you on your way!