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Another Option for Chronic Injuries

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This is the second in a series of three articles. The previous, as with all Sandpoint Wellness Council articles can be found at: www.sandpointwellnesscouncil.com.

If you want a different outcome, you need to take different actions. For example, maybe it’s not weak muscles causing your pain, maybe it’s structural or functional issues. As you step out of the box of treating the immediate symptom, you realize that it may take a little work to turn your chronic pain around. Like an athlete, you take the long view. An athlete doesn’t expect she will be performing at an elite level in a month, so why would you assume you can turn around years of injuries, pain and restriction in a month?

If only because you have nothing to lose, you take on getting in shape in this new way as a long term goal. You may start doing your own research of what worked for others. Or you call your friend who recommends that nutritionist/physical therapist/personal trainer who helped her. You take action with the commitment to let your experience be the judge. If the therapy makes sense, the therapist is professional, and a couple treatments produce change, you stick with it knowing that it will take a while to turn around decades of tension, poor health, and injuries.

You start to educate yourself. You start to eat better. You figure out that sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, then pushing yourself for an hour, may not be the best strategy. Nor is drinking coffee all day and not being able to sleep at night. You try new approaches, letting your body be the judge.

As you explore and experiment, you realize you can affect your pain and health. Reducing your response to stress has a huge impact on your recovery. When your body is not fighting stress, attempting to survive, it can put those resources toward healing. For many people, removing the chronic tension and unconscious stress/survival patterns allows the body to spontaneously start healing itself, like it did when you were young.

The key to injury recovery is simple. Your injuries need to receive nourishment, which means they need to have a good blood supply, and that blood needs to carry the required nutrients. Limited movement, tense tissue, and  a poor diet will not give the tissue what it needs. For venous and lymph flow, movement is critical. As so often with a history of chronic injury, the body gradually reduces its range of movement, further restricting recovery.

Next week, read, What Can You Do?, the next in the series of three articles.

Owen Marcus, MA, Certified Advanced Rolfer, author of: Power of Rolfing, www.align.org – call if you have questions: 265.8440.

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