It’s been a crazy few weeks in our household. 2 months ago, my daughter fell while skateboarding and injured her knee. We took a trip to urgent care where they diagnosed a bad sprain. One month, 3 x-rays, and an MRI later, we realized that it wasn’t a sprain but a very bad fracture. Surgery was scheduled and, fortunately, all went well. There are times when modern medicine is necessary and this was definitely one of those times.
I’m grateful for our skilled orthopedic surgeon as well as a medical facility with modern, cutting edge equipment. I did a lot of research and chose a surgeon with a great reputation and a ton of experience. Fortunately, our family uses Samaritan Ministries and we are able to choose our own doctors and have no limitations on second opinions or treatment plans. Again, I’m 100% grateful.
It was a pretty bad break and my daughter’s recovery process involves a lot of physical therapy. I am a believer in natural alternatives and quickly started researching herbs, essential oils, supplements, and alternative treatments that would promote bone and tissue healing as well as relieve discomfort. Here are a few things that are working for us.
Supplements for Broken Bones
- Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Calc calcium supplement. Bones are primarily made up of calcium and require it to grow and stay strong. Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Calc is a herbal extract that converts to calcium in the body.
- Dr. Christopher’s Bone & Tissue. This is a blend of herbals that helps to regenerate healthy tissue and bones. My girl is taking the herbal supplement and the ointment. Both promote healing. Be sure and read the reviews on Amazon. Good stuff!
- doTerra A-Z multivitamin. This is a whole foods based supplement. Bones are composed of many different minerals. The body needs vitamins and minerals in order to develop and thrive. Bones need minerals to grow and heal.
- doTerra PBAssist Jr. This probiotic is designed specifically for children. During the surgery, my girl was given an IV antibiotic. Antibiotics kill the good and bad bacteria in the gut, thus, destroying the immune system. Probiotics are super important, especially after antibiotics. Research suggests that, after a single round of antibiotics, gut bacteria can be impacted for 6 months or longer.
- doTerra IQMega. This is a fish oil flavored with wild orange. Not only is fish oil brain food, it supports healthy ligaments and joints.
- Collagen is excellent for healing bones, ligaments, and tendons. Bone broth is a great source of collagen. An alternative is Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen. This is a powder that can be added to soups, smoothies, juice or even coffee.
Alternative Healing & Therapy for Broken Bones
- Castor Oil Packs. I started researching castor oil packs a while ago and actually purchased a kit. The benefits are really crazy. Castor oil packs reduce inflammation and act as a lymphatic stiumlent. The first time I used a castor oil pack on my daughter’s knee, both her chiropractor and physical therapist noticed a huge reduction in swelling.
- Craniosacral Massage. Craniosacral massage is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This type of massage has many benefits and it helps to flush anesthesia out of the body.
- Yoga Therapy. We started off with a traditional physical therapist and it didn’t go so well. There was a lot of force involved. My mama intuition told me that we needed to find another physical therapist. We located a local practicioner who specializes in Yoga Therapy and it’s been phenomonial. It’s much more gentle and focuses on yoga type stretches and deep breathing. It’s one-on-one and feels like a private yoga session. Be advised, it’s still painful for my girl but her physical therapist is pretty awesome.
- Massage Therapy. Physical therapy is a necessity; massage therapy is an amazing counterpart. After a month in a brace, my girl’s leg muscles quickly started to atrophy. Massage therapy helps to release the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have become tight and unused. In order for the knee to operate effectively, all parts of her leg and foot need to be functional, too. Never overlook massage therapy in your own healing. Research shows that it can significantly help with pain, anxiety, muscular tension and relaxation. It might seem like a luxury but, truly, it’s a necessity.
When looking into alternatives, it’s best to work with your doctor. Most traditional doctors aren’t knowledgeable about supplements. Look for a natural-minded chiropractor, DO, or alternative practitioner that you resonate with. And, as always, do your own research. ‘
We have had great success incorporating these alternative supplements and modalities. Stay tuned for my next post where I will discuss using essential oils during the bone healing process.
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