How long should it take to heal a severely sprained ankle? and how can I accelerate the healing? -

How long should it take to heal a severely sprained ankle? and how can I accelerate the healing?

9 Answers

Dr. Chris Paliszewski
Natural Health for Overachievers and Workaholics

Contrast hydrotherapy! Get out two buckets and fill one with hot water and one with cold water. For a sprained ankle, the usual protocol is 3 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold, in three repetitions:

3 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold
3 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold
3 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold

The goal is to utilize the alternating temperatures to stimulate blood flow to the area and promote healing.

Don't burn yourself and don't do this if you have anything that might cause you to be more likely to burn yourself (e.g. diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia) or any condition that might be triggered by heat or cold.

The temperatures don't need to be extreme, just enough for them to feel significantly different.

Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher

Hello Mat,

Ouch, that hurts for sure. A Reiki (ray-key) treatment applies the flow of Life force energy/Reiki to the whole of your bodies energy field and helps flush out any blockages and renews the cells with fresh vibrant, healing, and balancing energy.

A healthy green smoothie, once a day with kale, spinach, beet greens, ginger, lemon, mixed frozen fruit, and whatever else you may want, will give your body the vital nutrients your body can use to heal.

Reiki treatments can be done in person or via distance, over the phone or video session like skype/zoom. I am happy to answer any of your questions and help you get back on your feet, as well as reduce any stress, relax and focus on what's next for you!

Peace to you,

Sean McCann

Matt, there are already a number of good answers on here regarding different modalities that can help speed up the healing process and deal with the associated symptoms. I'd like to paint the picture for you of what actually needs to happen at the tissue level in order for the injury to heal. That way, you can decide which modalities work best for you in achieving these goals.

The most important thing for healing, especially an injury like this, is good circulation. At the time of the injury, the body creates inflammation in the area as a part of the initial healing response. This is normal, but the fluid that accumulates there can quickly become part of the problem as waste products build up in the area and oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the area in sufficient quantities to allow optimal healing. There, we have to move the swelling out of the area to allow for proper circulation. Acupuncture, cupping, massage, topical liniments, and other approaches can be helpful for this.

Next, we have to rebalance the vectors of force acting on the injured area so that it will heal in the proper alignment and not re-injure easily. This is done through manipulating the tension in the muscles and tendons acting on the injured area. In the case of the ankle, these are primarily the muscles and tendons of the lower leg.

With injuries to muscles and tendons, the strain/tear usually occurs at the point of insertion into the bone. Therefore, working with acupuncture needles and/or hand techniques at the level of the bone to encourage circulation directly at the area of the injury can be quite helpful.

Because these injuries can take months to heal, stabilization is also important in order to avoid injuring the area again. Acu-tape (or something similar) and braces are good options for this. These should be used during times of activity and removed during times of relative rest in order to allow the restoration of proper range of movement and muscular balance.

Finally, consistent application of topical liniments and/or salves can do a great deal for encouraging circulation and healing, as well as relieving pain.

I hope that explanation helps to give some context to everything being discussed here.

Cynthia Kemper

How is your overall health? With the Emotion Code and Body Code we can go into the ankle and reconnect all the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones to one another. Unfortunately, when we have this type of injury it can take longer than we like but we can accelerate it by utilizing essential oils, massage therapy, and physical therapy and not pushing too hard. Ice and elevation for the first 48 hours and then muscle test for what the body is actually needing as the subconscious knows what we need to heal. If you feel so inclined please reach out...blessings

IHCNT specializing Eastern Medical Massage to treat women aged 35-60 with low back pain from child birthing, athletics, or career activities dramatically reduce their pain in as few as three treatment

Depending on the treatment method, anywhere from 3 to 36 weeks.

Sharon Shores
I am a Certified Emotion Code/Body Code Practitioner as well as medical intuitive and life coach.

It depends on your current general state of health and the time is unknown for each individual. Our bodies are capable of miraculous things! It also depends on the damage done if it is a grade one versus a grade three --there is a great deal of difference in how it will heal. Managing pain is important. If you would like more information feel free to contact me through my profile here. In the meantime focus on healing.

Elynn A Light, MAP, RTT, LMT
Release pain naturally. I help people find and release trauma and negative beliefs so that they can experience Health and Success.

Matt, I use many healing modalities...and they can speed healing. I can do craniosacral (which is a misleading name for a modality that can mend many parts of the body), energy healing...but the one I'd use to speed healing is Lifewave X 39- stem cell patch. I'm happy to pendulum if there is another patch that would support your healing process more. Lifewave heals with phototherapy, elevates your body's peptide that naturally increases copper and stem's very new and powerful for healing!
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Best of healing to you!

Gabriele Schlumpberger

It depends on your body, how fast you heal. It often can take longer then a broken bone, but not necessarily. You can speed it up with homeopathic remedies and with energy work. I had a server broken and sprained wirst and with the approach of this I was able to work again after 5 weeks as a massage therapist. I am also a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and with Healing Touch you restore the whole energy field which helps to heal faster. If you want to know more about it, just send me a message.

Owl Chrysalis Medicine
Owl operates a Mobile Wholeness Center that offers donation based and free healing for the homeless. EMT, LPN and TCM training

"Severe" is a relative term but assuming it is a bad one it can take up to 5 -6 months to heal fully. With proper care i.e. bracing, elevation, physical therapy, acupuncture you can cut that time almost in half. 2-3 months. Hope this helps. (this is also assuming that its your lateral deltoid ligaments (most common) that are sprained

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