Posted by Steve Kirby 1010 Days Ago
As a Sports Massage and Injury therapist , at my Injury Clinic Getfitstayfit Norfolk, I deal with some quite traumatic muscular injuries, sometimes injuries that people have lived with for years , ” The walking Injured” these people are the ones that feel that their only option was to just live with it, they are regularly having to take pain killing medication, they adjust their lives around the pain of the injury, until one day enough is enough or because of a further injury they have found themselves in a situation where they have to deal with the original injury also.
Finding themselves coming to see me, my job is to find the problem, by getting to the root cause of the injury, then repairing it.
By repairing the injured muscle, working into the superficial and deep Fascia , we can move on to recovery. By this I mean getting the muscles working for themselves again, gently coaxing them back in to functional ability, getting the blood flowing back into them and releasing the tension in the muscles and getting all the body systems to work in a cohesive order.
Then we move onto rehabilitation. Do you know we have muscle memory and it has been used synonymously with motor learning, which is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition? When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems, this can be a great thing if you are fit and well, as your muscles will work in a fluid motion within your body. But when you are injured, your muscles react differently. They want to tighten up to protect themselves, so that they won’t get injured again. Some muscles have to take over other muscles work, as the injured muscle won’t stretch out, and it becomes a habit and a default position.
My job is to break that cycle, encourage the muscles to not go into default mode and re-educate the muscles to once again work in a fluid movement.
This is when regular gentle exercise of the injured muscle starts to pay off. If we try to exercise the injured muscle before it has been repaired or had time to recover, then we will not move forward. In fact it is more than likely to impede recovery or in some cases, further damage may occur.
There are three essential steps to my clients being back to being as fit as they can be. To reach the final goal you have to have to take the first step. I will be able to help you to reach the third step. Remember, you can’t have Rehabilitation without Recovery, and you can’t have Recovery without Repair.
Let’s start with that Repair of your injury so you DO NOT REMAIN ONE OF THE WALKING INJURED.