How We Get Injured
Onset of pain is often insidious and without any spectacular event. Low grade discomfort is what often leads to long lasting and chronic pain.
1) Pain distorts proprioception (the ability to know where your body is in space/balance)
2) Pain changes the way the body moves, putting stress on other regions of the body
3) The new compensatory movement often becomes the new norm
4) Pain is telling you something
6) Poor diet doesn't give the body the proper nutrients to recover
7) Lack of sleep. You must sleep for good health and repair of injuries
8) Poor stress management, too much stress slows the healing process
9) Lack of social and family support
10) Lack of mobility and stability
Fundamental movement patterns must be owned because they are the foundation of human movement. Picture a toddler playing. They move with ease and with no restrictions. Can you drop into a deep squat -- butt to heels? Can you breathe properly? Can you climb a tree? Can you crawl on the ground? If not, you might want to consider working on these basic human movements.
The recovery process is dependent on a number of factors, but the general process is this:
Working with a rehab specialist is the key to gaining lasting relief. As noted to the left (number 3) the new patterns that your body now uses to go about life set you up to become injured again and without as much insult. While pain is often a reliable indicator of injury, the absence of it does not equate optimal function.
When you have been injured the body will eventually heal. Consider this: If you have had stitches you will have a scar and typically the skin in that area does not feel the same as the surrounding skin. It may be tighter or more sensitive. Because we can see this it makes sense, however, the same thing happens to the tissue: muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, that you cannot see. They too heal, but with a scar. And like the skin, the scarred tissue is no longer as flexible or functional.
The good news is that with appropriate care and rehabilitation you can make a full recovery and become stronger and more resilient. But don't wait, don't wait until you are in so much discomfort that you are no longer enjoying your favorite activities. That said, do not expect instant results. If you break a bone you know that it will not be healed overnight. An injury to your muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia also require patience and time.