Complete Injury Recovery
What’s worse than being physically injured? For many people it’s dealing with the lingering aftermath and domino effects of that injury years later. A car crash when you were a teenager, a skiing accident in your twenties, falling out of a tree when you were a young kid. All these impacts take a toll and can continue to take their toll long after bones have mended and tendons, ligaments, and muscles have healed.
Elevated Somatics can help.
SOME COMMON ISSUES
THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED
FROM AN OLD INJURY ARE
+ Restrictions in breathing
+ Frozen shoulder
+ An achy knee or hip (often on only one side)
+ Functional leg length differences
+ Restore proper muscle tone
+ Increase comfortable range of motion
+ Create environment for continued and complete healing
But what preserves life immediately after an injury can become a problem itself if it perpetuates. When the pain is strong and/or lingers, the cringing pattern can persist and become a chronic holding pattern of muscle tension.
You no longer trust putting your injured foot fully on the ground, straightening your arm out or exposing one side of your torso. Inevitably, you rebalance your weight and muscle tone in an effort to compensate. This can lead to gait issues causing wear and tear on joints from a redistribution of weight and load during movements.
Additionally, while decreasing blood flow is important when there is an open wound, chronically decreased blood flow can lead to further cell death (hypoxia) and a decreased flow of oxygen and nutrients to the tight areas. So while, on x-rays and MRIs, everything appears to be back to normal, there are now a number of issues that may have popped up.
When you are physically injured, there are multiple processes that occur in the continuum from damage to healing. At the moment of impact, when experiencing pain, we protectively cringe, contracting around the injured area, immobilizing that part of us and reducing bleeding. This is an important life-preserving function and is reflexive in nature, meaning we do this automatically without thinking. We all experience this regularly with smaller injuries. Remember the last time you were walking barefoot and stepped on a pointy stone or touched a pan on the stove that was hotter than you expected. You likely cringed, immediately retracting that limb up from the rock or back from the stove.