Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Can Injury Be A Blessing In Disguise?

It's autumn! The weather is cooling down and the leaves are falling. Time to get out there to rake them up, but, oh wait! You got halfway through and wrenched your back!


Agony ensues, so you check in with your therapist, get your rub down, do the rehab, and feel better. That's all and good, but man, what a waste of time and money that was! It's great that the rehab worked, but don't you just wish that you had never had all of that happen in the first place?

Well, maybe not. Perhaps there was some good that came out this mess.

Consider this; in most cases, there's an underlying condition that contributed to injury or there was a method of prevention had the body been in a different physical shape. There was an existing dysfunction present or there was a healthier state that you could have been in to avoid incident.

While the fact that the injury, well, sucked, the saving grace in the matter is that it has now highlighted areas for improvement. As long as the rehab is taken beyond the realms of getting rid of pain and we can continue to condition the body past recovery and toward prevention, it's possible to come out of the fray being better off than you were even pre-injury.


It's not uncommon for clients to come in for a visit for pain, but after a longer period of discomfort of inability to perform specific movements or functions. After fully rehabbing these individuals and addressing mechanical habits that they had that contributed to their state, they often come back exclaiming how their squat at the gym has gone up in weight, that they no longer wake up in the morning feeling stiff, or how amazing it is that they're now touching their toes for the first time in 30 years!

So yes, injury sucks. Take the silver lining, though, and treat it as an opportunity to improve. We learn from our mistakes and what doesn't kill you gives you a chance to make yourself stronger.

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