Thread: How can I heal faster?
8/19/2006 6:16pm, #1
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- Feb 2005
- Wellington NZ
How can I heal faster?
I'm becoming increasingly frustrated at the time it takes to heal, particularly in terms of cuts, chaffes, and other skin injuries incurred during BJJ. It frustrates the hell out of me that I cant train as often as I want to because of this.
A full week ago I had a great session at BJJ, it kicked arse, and I left class thinking I'd merely rubbed my knees and the tops of my feet a bit raw. Today I'm sitting here bleeding from the knee again, because the damn thing wont heal, and the top of my left foot looks like a pus oozing open wound. I've still got massive bruises, though those dont bother me. What does bother me is that other guys go just as hard and have no trouble training multiple times per week, and they're neither bleeding all over the mat (as I have a couple of times now) nor are they covered in bandages all the time. I've used bandages, I've given the areas air. I cant think of anything else.
I'm going to look into finding some sort of knee guard things, and as much as it'll no doubt elicit laughs, I'm going to start wearing socks while training. But even then, it wont solve the problem entirely - friction from fabric rubbing against my face last session managed to scrape my skin enough that I've still got a big scabbed up section by my right eye.
Is this simply a matter of adaptation? Can your body learn to heal faster? Or is there some secret to treating injuries like this that will help them heal faster? Are there particular foods with magical healing properties? Or will I forever be limited by my soft, delicate skin?
8/19/2006 9:10pm, #2
8/19/2006 9:18pm, #3
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- Jul 2005
8/19/2006 9:20pm, #4Originally Posted by Poop Loops
How old are you? How's your diet? Disregard that question. What, in what quantity, and when do you eat? How often do you train? What is your sleep schedule?Dave
Originally Posted by jnp
8/19/2006 10:31pm, #5
You need a mutant healing factor"Prison is for rapists, thieves and murderers. If you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy, you're the fucking criminal." - Joe Rogan
El Guapo says dance!
8/19/2006 10:51pm, #6
Teatree oil my friend....it's like magic healing potion given to us by the elves....Knowing is not enough, you must apply...
...Willing is not enough you must do ~Bruce Lee
8/20/2006 12:44pm, #7
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- Jun 2005
- Fort Wayne, IN
When I used to train in jujutsu daily, I ended up with holes in my elbows, knees, hands, face, etc that would re-open pretty much every day. My solution was to cover up the areas that were getting torn up- knee guards, elbow guards, wrestling shoes, gloves, etc.
(that might sound like excessive protective equipment, but we were training on short-pile office carpeting, not any sort of pads. Rugburn was kind of a problem.)
8/20/2006 1:11pm, #8
Any time you break your skin you want to disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide which will kill the bacteria, And then you will want to bandage it with some sort of antibiotic ointment. I prefer the "tripple antibiotic with pain killer". If your going to go on the mat, I would recommend sports tape Like This. Some places on your feet and knees are going to be difficult to tape though. Make sure to remove the bandages when you shower and replace them with clean ones.
If your feet are really bad I would suggest investing in a pair of wrestling shoes. You are going to need some time because spraining your toes is inevitable. I usually only wear mine when I have some sort of foot injury.
For your knees, taping them can be a major bitch... so I would recommend using a brace such as this one to cover the bandages.
The good news is... This predicament you are in is only a problem when you're new. If you keep wrestling consistently you will grow thicker skin over the next few months.
Last edited by BSDaemon; 8/20/2006 1:14pm at .
8/20/2006 1:31pm, #9
When I started out in Judo and Jiu Jitsu I had problems with mat burn and my knees getting buggered up all the time. When something got burnt I slapped a little Vaseline on it and put it preventatively on spots I knew were going to be on the receiving end of a burn and with a few weeks the skin got thicker and I had no more problems."Keep a sharp knife, shiny boots and be on time."
8/20/2006 9:35pm, #10
Vitamin C is a basic ingredient of collagen, which helps to heal wounds and make connective tissue. I doubt you have a deficiency in it, but if you did, it could explain why you don't heal quickly enough.
Basic recommendations - eat good food, take good vitamins, get plenty of rest (actually get 8 hours average), treat your wounds immediately, and do what you can to prevent them and say "F you" to people who give you **** over them. I'd still roll with a mouthguard and cup if/when I get back to training.
Over time, you're going to toughen up and not get nearly as hurt or marked up. For example, if you train on thin carpet in bare feet, your feet will get chewed up while you pivot to throw kicks and stuff, but eventually, you'll get thick calluses.