Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Injured! Now What?

The article "Understanding the Healing Process" by Christy Cael was written as a guide to massage therapists. I think that it's also a great article for anyone who has been or conceivably could be injured. That takes in pretty much all of us.

We tend to be a society that rather than recognizing the innate wisdom of our body's responses wants the body to "Just get on with it and get better already."

Often our response to injury is to pop enough over the counter pain relievers to be able to ignore our injury. It's important to remember that over the counter medications for pain and inflammation don't take away the injury or heal it. They basically mask the symptoms.

That is not to say that limiting pain and swelling is a bad thing unless of course you're doing so in order to get out there and pound the pavement (run) or pump iron (lift weights) or any number of other exercise preoccupations. When you exercise an injured body you not only fail to honor it you often do far more damage and stand to lose more fitness ground in the long run than you would have by simply resting or if comfortably possible performing mild range of motion and/or walking.

Where massage therapy is concerned it's also important to understand that your massage therapist doesn't "heal" pain. In fact the massage he or she gives you doesn't heal pain. Massage therapy simply facilitates healing. It puts the body in a better place so that it can heal itself.

On a related note I don't believe that T-Tapp, the exercise technique "heals" your body. Like massage therapy it works with your body and rebalances it in order to allow your body in all its wisdom to heal itself to whatever degree possible. But that is truly another post for another time.

So your challenge today is to think about your response to an injury - or even a potential injury. Do you rush off for the ibuprofen and down a triple dose? Do you use homeopathics or ice or maybe Reiki? Now comes the tough but potentially self revealing part. Why do you think you respond to injury in the way you do?

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