Hello beautiful friends,
Many times over my years as a Physio including recently, I've had clients come in to see me thinking that they've got joint problems when they've been experiencing constant or regular pain in the region of a joint.
The two most common stories I hear are "I've got a sore shoulder" when pain presents in the upper arm. Or, "I have hip pain" when the pain is experienced in the outer thigh.
But is it the joint?
Down the Microscope
Our bodies are so complex!
Layer upon layer of connective tissues (photo above) shroud every inch of our being, penetrating and encasing, interconnecting and regulating the movement of our spine and limbs from head to toe.
Every muscle is wrapped and interwoven with connective tissue.
When injuries occur these intricate networks are interrupted, fibres tear, cells spill their contents, other cells flood the area to commence mopping up and chemicals are released that create swelling and inflammation as part of the healing process.
It's busy in there!
All Freeze... No Flight.
Our natural and quite healthy response to pain and injury is to "freeze"... immobilise... slow down.
We move less.
Movement however, is integral to the healing process.
If movement hasn't been commenced at the appropriate time, in the appropriate way or we've compensated, changing our natural movement pattern by tensing, over-protecting and partially immobilising an area, however subtle that may be, then healing may remain incomplete... even for years!
Large or small, whatever the degree of limitation, it's possible for remnants of the injury to remain stuck in-between the multitude of layers of connective tissue.
This is what I call "Debris."
With "debris" original trauma is still held in the tissues, sometimes even in the form of bruising, but most often in the form of connective tissue tightness and cellular matter.
Sometimes we're still able to return to our usual activities (photo 3 - we can dream!) but this subtle "holding", means that the memory of the injury is still locked into our nervous system and this may further contribute to disturbances in our movement patterns.
Many years later as tissues lose their elasticity, the debris in "stuck" areas can become symptomatic causing pain and limiting even the most simple of daily movements such as lifting your arm or walking.
Hence a new pain may not mean that we have a new injury to a joint or muscle, but instead, an old injury and subsequent restriction of tissue pliability has become symptomatic.
To heal fully we need to commence movement - both internal (muscular activity) and external (massage) as soon as possible after an injury to facilitate the flow of blood, nutrients and connective tissue fluids. The flow of fluids through the body is integral in cleaning up the debris of injury.
Internal AND external movement also helps to align the healing fibres in a functional manner that provides maximum strength and freedom of movement.
Of course some injuries WILL leave a permanent mark.... a scar or wrinkle in the system.
But quite often, the pain you're experiencing may be a simple case of not enough movement or the right type of movement at the right time.
However, it's not too late.
That's where I come in.
With my hands-on approach and years of practice I can easily feel the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissue.
Moving your body with soft or deep tissue release and specific passive stretching will assist the body to release and absorb the aftermath of previous injuries.
You may notice an improvement in your function after just one session. Also with the enhanced freedom of movement you experience, you may become aware of how you've been compensating all these years. I've experienced this first hand. After a soft tissue release session of both massage and stretching, a holding pattern has been interrupted and freed and I've been able to move in a totally new and more easeful way.
We all have debris and as we live longer, we all develop compensatory adjustments to our daily activities and movement to avoid placing strain on our tight and weakened areas.
So I encourage you, if you have pain, perhaps a recent or old injury, and you're waiting and hoping for it to go away, instead book an appointment today and get the ball rolling to a more complete recovery.
I'm learning sadly, that it all comes back to haunt us as we age! We can't quite get away with what we used to!
But I'm doing my best to remain open and free as I age.
To help you with that too, when you book your next appointment quote DEBRIS* and you'll receive a 20% discount off your service. Then I'll know you've read to the end!
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JOY is moving freely,