08 Oct How To Deal With An Injury
When it comes to even the gentlest of activities, people often get injured due to false movement patterns. It is these movements that change the way the body is aligned and how it deals with stresses placed on it during exercise.
When this stress becomes too much, injury can occur to the many of the tissues of the body including muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons.
Why do injuries occur?
Bad form is the main culprit, however, there are many factors that create bad form in the first place.
Lack of energy due to an unsupportive diet, neglecting to warm up, cool down and stretch, overusing the body to levels of exhaustion and poorly fitted exercise gear (especially shoes) are all factors that can be simple to fix to improve your form.
Then there are the more complex reasons bad form develops.
Most of us experience slight muscle imbalances in our bodies. This is quite natural. But where these imbalanced are severe or exaggerated due to previous injuries, the body is considered to be asymmetric.
Asymmetry inhibits the balancing of the body’s physical functioning systems. When the balance of the body’s mechanics is disrupted, extreme stress can be placed on specific body parts which leads to poor form and ultimately injury.
Break the cycle by building body awareness
All these reasons behind why and how injuries can occur are related to the combination of stress and lack of conscious connection to the body.
It is not only your physical body that suffers when injuries strike. There is a powerful knock-on effect that can enhance issues on all levels of your health.
Coupled with becoming isolated from team sports of classes, injury can cause people to stress more about their overall emotional health and healing. Feelings of anger, a lack of motivation and helplessness are common.
Being unable to move regularly also affects your sleeping patterns. Less quality sleep negatively affects your mental wellbeing and the body’s ability to repair and rejuvenate.
It is the knowledge we have of ourselves – the imbalances, strengths, weakness, capabilities and mobility – that is the number one tool we can utilize to correct bad form, prevent injuries and help to heal our bodies.
Establishing a deep connection with yourself will enable you to fine-tune your movements and keep active without applying any damaging stress upon your body and mind.
What are some best practices to deal with injuries?
Build a greater sense of personal awareness. Use mindful practices to get to you know yourself intimately inside out. Explore and seek to understand the capabilities and limitations of all areas of your body as well as your mind.
If an injury has occurred, here are some steps you can take to help you heal properly and get back to moving freely and without pain.
Find professionals who care. Nurture the body using natural therapies such as massage, dry needling and acupuncture. Find a credible practitioner you can trust and who has your holistic health at heart.
Keep on moving. If you’ve been instructed to stay off your injured body part, ask your health professional what other exercise therapies you can do safely to maintain your health.
Warm up and cool down. Don’t neglect the rest of your body when focusing on healing an injury. Prepare for movement and conclude your exercise sessions with stretching that promote recovery.
Incorporate rest and relaxation. Rest when you need to. Listen to your body and allow it to tell you what it needs to repair and improve.
Nourish your body through your diet. Give your body the best chance at healing with natural, nutritious and delicious foods.
Regularly check in with yourself. Engage in Mindful practices such as meditation to enhance your body awareness. Explore your emotional self and find acceptance. Use compassion to continue nurturing your body and mind and support yourself to return to a healthy happy state.