Can you imagine having to run out of money before you discover your business has a cash flow problem? Or waiting for your car to blow up before you discover it needs an oil change? That would be irresponsible and probably cost you a fair bit to rectify.
We know we need to book our car’s in for a regular service and I know my dentist books me in for yearly checkups. So why do you wait until you have pain and swelling before taking action with your body, only to then discover that you’ve worn a hole in your knee?
The problem with taking action once swelling or pain has occurred is that these symptoms are all lagging indicators of damage. For example, swelling might indicate tissue overuse or strain from poor posture, but swelling is an after-the-fact sign, the tissue damage has already occurred.
In general terms, this is how modern sports (and general) medicine operates. We wait until something is broken, sometimes horribly so before we fix it. This paradigm keeps orthopaedic surgeons and pharmaceutical companies in business.
So what should you do?
Obviously I’m happy to have you in here, especially if you’re already showing some signs of injury, but what if you’re not sure and want to take some steps to ensure that you avoid this happening at all? I’d still be happy to have you in for a tune up, and in fact I strongly encourage it. But there are also steps you can take yourself in your home to help prevent your engine from blowing up in the first place. Your body is an amazing, adaptable, healing machine, if you give it some love.
Do some stretching, use a heat pack, jump on your foam roller or any of the myriad of tools available to you.
As always if symptoms continue give me a call!
Something often asked in the clinic, is what can you do at home in between treatments to keep your body supple?
There are a number of things that you can do and I’ll explain a few here –
- MOVE – It sounds simple (and it is), but get up off your a#$@ and move! Movement promotes more flow through the body and will help to keep it supple.
- HEAT – You may have heard us ask you to ‘whack some heat on it tonight’, and there’s a great reason for that. Heat increases blood flow in the area that you put it on, meaning that you increase the circulation to that specific spot. This is beneficial as it can help to flush out any build ups in that area and bring in good fresh blood to promote healing. Click here for a more detailed article on why we recommend heat.
- FOAM ROLLERS – I can hear you all wincing already! 🙂 Love them or hate them, foam rollers do a damn good job at replicating some of the treatment you receive in the clinic. When using a roller – slow and steady wins the race! Move it slowly along the area you are treating, maintaining a relaxed state in the muscles (as much as possible). Don’t forget to breathe! You can get one here.
- MASSAGE BALLS – Just like rollers, massage balls can do a great job of replicating the treatment process. Use a massage ball (or tennis/squash/golf ball) to spot target areas of tightness in your hips, lower back, upper back and shoulders. You can get them here.
All of the above are great tools to help manage any pain or stiffness you have between treatments and for general maintenance. If you feel that these tools are not helping you get where you want to, then let me know. If you’re in Melbourne we can always run a session on how you can get the most out of your home treatment tools!
Cheers and enjoy the rest of your week!
P.S. This week we made an effort in our household to de-clutter. Here’s a reminder of a quote I shared with you back in August in my post about PNG (click here to check it out)
“We collect too much of everything. If you’re not using it, viewing it, reading it, loving it, or appreciating it, maybe you should give it away, preferably to someone who will. They’ll be happy and so will you. Life is far too short to burden yourself. Lighten up, while you still can.”