Bruises, strains and sprains come up a lot. Could be from a fall, over-stretching, or just regular everyday life. So what’s the best way to heal when these injuries keep sticking around? What’s the best thing to do when you’re trying everything – therapies, exercises, treatments, specialists, yoga, the whole kitchen sink – and it kind of helps. But it kind of doesn’t. The injury is still there, making a home in you.
This is so common. And we might have a way out that’s common to all of us. I’ve been hearing about sacrum injuries quite a lot lately, so I’ll talk about that here. But you can carry these concepts throughout your whole body. Probably your life too.
So you’re doing everything you can do, and everything still isn’t enough. My quick guess is, you might be doing a bit too much.
Maybe your life is full of activity, strengthening, training, therapy. Sometimes the result of so much can be ongoing aggravation. So for some injuries there won’t be much help, and for others it will just get worse over time.
Sometimes our bodies will heal themselves in spite of everything we’re doing. But sometimes they need our support. Which oddly enough could involve doing a bit less, to accomplish much more.
This brings us to the kitchen sink. There’s a mathematical theory called “random walk” which proves that if you throw many solutions at a problem, the whole kitchen sink, the result is net zero. You get stuck essentially right where you are, with no sustained progress in any direction.
Healing works a bit this way as well. Throwing too much at a problem can just lead to irritation, without a good net effect. So the trick is to do a bit less, find the simplest right approach for you, and take it easy. Give your body a chance to do what it does best. Heal. With your support.
So on the therapy front, I’d leave off any tension-inducing approaches that challenge too much what’s hurt, and head for simple. From wherever you’re comfortable and supported – not working hard to be where you are – follow these three steps:
2) Create a connection between your breath and body
3) Move, easy, in every direction.
This could be from sitting or standing, on hands and knees (especially good in this case) or lying down. When you discover a place that feels good to linger and breathe, linger and breathe here. When it feels like it’s time to move on, move on.
This process of slowing down, tuning in, and responding to what you sense in your body is extremely valuable. On the healing front, it moves us away from uniform prescriptive approaches that don’t often work well with more difficult challenges. It guides us instead to making unique treatment decisions based on how we feel.
So this tends to make the healing process go a bit better. Simply breathing and moving in this way creates the chemical conditions we need to stimulate our body’s optimal healing state. And learning to respond to our selves – this creates everything else.
On the life front, it’s probably about the same.
– by Mike
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