We all have to deal with injuries every once in a while, and we’ve been taught to remember RICE - rest, ice, compression, and elevation, which is crucial for the first 48-72 hours after the injury. After the first few days, increasing blood flow to the injured area can help speed up recovery, but why is increased blood flow important, and how do we do it?
Out with the old, in with the new
When we increase blood flow to the injured area, we’re flushing out the inflammation, scar tissue, swelling, and bruising. In return, we’re bringing in healthy, oxygenated, nutrient-dense blood, which is what the body needs to heal the injury.
The healing properties of camphor
We put camphor in our Cooling Comfort Topical Pain Relief for this reason. When camphor is applied to the injured area, it activates the nerves, causing a warming sensation. Your body responds to this sensation by dilating blood vessels, which enhances blood flow to the problem area.
Combining camphor with methyl salicylate, an anti-inflammatory, and menthol, a numbing agent, creates a product that not only relieves the pain topically, but also treats the underlying cause of the pain.
Other ways to increase blood flow
A heating pad, warm washcloth, or warm compress placed on the injury causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing blood flow.
Light physical activity is another great way to bring blood flow to the area, taking care not to reaggravate the injury.
Gentle massaging helps to break up scar tissue and bruising, which allows for better blood flow.