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A-Z of Dance and Sports Injuries - 5

Groin Strain

Competitive sports- Contact sports- Dance (male)

An injury to the muscles or tendons in the lower abdominal area.

Use the ice method over the tender area and afterwards use the following oil to massage gently all over the lower abdominal area, the thights and groin, but taking care to avoid the genitals.

 Hyssop 10 drops 
 Geranium 10 drops 
 Chamomile 10 drops 
 Diluted i 30ml vegetable oil  
 Do this three times a day for two days and then continue with the massage only.  


Hand ContusionContact sports-Falls

Bruising of the skin and underlying tissue. Place the hand in a bowl of ice and leave it there for ten minutes. Do this three times a day over a fourty-eight hour period. Also massage as often as possible - the whole of the hand and fingers with the following

 Peppermint  30 drops 
 Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil  

Hand Ganglion

Hand Sprain

See Foot Sprain

Head Injuries

A blow or jar to the head should always be checked by a doctor. Until then, keep the head up, apply ice and 2 drops of neat lavender to the area.

Hip Strain

Contact sports- Dancers-Aerobics-Running

Injury to the muscles and tendons that join the hip joint to the thigh bone. Rest and take a cold sitz bath three times a day.

Apply ice to the area and massage allover both hips and thighs using the following

 Ginger 10 drops
 Clove 12 drops
 Nutmeg 10 drops
 Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil.   
After forty-eight hours start to take alternate cold and hot sitz baths, in which you have placed 4 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of lavender. Spend ten minutes in each bath.  

Knee Cartilage Injury

Contact sports- Football-Rugby-Dancers-aerobics-Jumping

Damage to the cartilage in the knee. Apply ice to reduce swelling and inflammation. The knee should be bandaged to prevent further injury and keep elevated when the patient is sitting.

Use the ice method three times a day, alternating with hot flannels, and then massage the area with the following

 Clove  8 drops
 Ginger 12 drops
 Nutmeg 10 drops
 Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil.   


Knee Synovitis (Water on the knee)

Contact sports-Dancers-Aerobics

Massage four times a day with the following

 Juniper  10 drops 
 Marjoram 10 drops 
Tagetes  10 drops 
Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil  
Massage from the ankle to the knee and then from the knee to the top of the thigh. If the pain and inflammation do not subside use the ice method.   

The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Ann Worwood

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