Our body has two types of nervous systems:
The central nervous system that you can use voluntarily. With this you can think for example of tensing your muscles.
The autonomic nervous system that is not under our free will. Think for example of sweating, your heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion and metabolism.
This second nervous system is divided into two systems, each with an opposite function: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The sympathetic nervous system:
The SYMPATHICUS(the accelerator) is the branch that certainly used to enable us to survive in life-threatening situations. It is meant to get your body in an optimal state to fight, flee and act. The hormone involved is adrenaline. Your heart rate goes up along with your breathing and blood pressure. In this state your body releases energy very quickly in order to take action!
The para-sympathetic nervous system:
The PARASYMPATHICUS(the brake pedal) is the counterpart of the sympathetic and is responsible for recovery, repair, rebuilding and rest. Your heart rate and blood pressure decrease and your breathing becomes calmer. This allows your muscles and organs to receive sufficient blood and oxygen.
It's all about balance:
It is not that the sympathizer is necessarily negative. Stress can also be useful! In some moments you need stress. Stress increases your motivation. This in turn helps you to perform better. So there are definitely positive sides to stress as well.
But in order to maintain balance, it is necessary to allow the sympathetic nervous system to settle down again and let your parasympathetic nervous system take over. Especially when you have complaints or an injury.
Our modern age asks a lot from us. We are always busy, everything has to happen at once and for that reason we also have to deal with stress.
However, your body cannot always be in an elevated state of readiness. Especially when you are trying to recover from a complaint or injury. If this continues for too long, the balance gets disturbed.
What can you do yourself?
There are lots of ways to promote recovery. Our main tip is very simple walking.
Walking is one of the most underrated ways to recover faster. Walking has little impact on our joints and activates the nervous system in the right way to promote recovery. So it provides activation of the parasympathetic nervous system as explained above but also provides benefits locally.
The muscles of the legs, arms and trunk move in a rhythmic pattern. In relation to each other, there is a constant tension and relaxation. This activates among others the lymphatic system. The lymphatic vessels form the channels of the lymphatic system and are for the most part parallel to our blood circulation. From the body these are filled with a colourless fluid which consists of waste products and white blood cells.
For this reason we also recommend NOT cooling. Research shows that you will not recover a day faster and when we look at what you want and that is to increase blood flow you will achieve just the opposite.
Start with what works! With an ankle injury it will be more difficult than with shoulder problems. Keep it relatively pain-free and make sure you don't consciously provoke the complaints because we gave walking as a tip. Always keep thinking for yourself!