I’m noticing more and more how fresh injury (especially when it’s big) can really open up old injuries and “disfunctional” patterns in the body quickly and in a way that’s hard to do otherwise.
When I’m working on chronic pain or chronic interrupted-function patterns there is a lot of tap-tap here, a little tap-tap there, a breakthrough, a set-back, and then momentum for a little while and then back to the tap-tap here, and the tap-tap there and then new layers of the same cycle.
But when a new hard fall off the skis or bike or icy steps happens there is this huge new injury, newish pain, newish range of motion problems, etc. and suddenly the old stuff is resolving much faster – right along with the “new” problems, in fact. It’s as if a mean old hammer has smashed open everything we’ve been “tap-tapping” for the last while. And while it’s not particularly fun to be going through this kind of recovery process, it does have its benefits in terms of depth and speed.
So, the next time you’re injured, once you’ve stopped nursing your hurt pride, your purple bruises, and the gin bottle, look forward to some great progress on your new and old injuries!
- Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.
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