CUMULATIVE STRESS/ REPETITIVE MOTION / SUDDEN TRAUMATIC INJURY
What do you do now?
It is imperative to be proactive in your healing during the entire process. This ensures that you progress through all the stages in the appropriate amount of time. More importantly, it allows you to restore normal nervous system function.
Let me explain:
When an area is injured, the damaged structures disrupt normal feedback to the brain.
Since the brain receives disrupted feedback, it produces dysfunctional neural responses.
These dysfunctional responses persist long after the actual tissue is repaired (see healing process).
These dysfunctional responses create bad movement patterns which lead to ongoing, chronic pain, and problems.
LAST AND MOST IMPORTANT! Dysfunctional neural responses can be CORRECTED by reintegrating balanced feedback through restoring appropriate range motion to muscles and joints, removing adhesions/limiting scar tissue, retraining movement patterns & posture (stability and motor control) and adjusting immobile spinal segments.
3 stages exist in the healing process with the body’s physiological timeline. What does this mean? It means this process must happen correctly for you to truly heal and get back to pre-injury status.
Stage 1: Acute, Inflammatory Phase (Begins immediately —— 72 hours)
Swelling from accumulation of blood (in muscle) or synovial fluid (in joints) is released.
Motion becomes limited to PROTECT the area.
Pain due to nerve compression from swelling AND from chemicals released.
PAIN IS NOT THE PROBLEM, IT IS THE RESULT OF THE PROBLEM. IT IS THE SIGNAL OF RESPONSIBILITY.
(SWELLING IS NOT ALWAYS VISIBLE, IT CAN BE IN THE JOINTS AND THE DEEP LAYERS OF MUSCLES. REMEMBER, LIMITED MOTION IS DUE FROM SWELLING AND PROTECTION OF THE INJURED AREA)
Stage 2: Repair/Regeneration (3-5 days after injury —— up to 12-14 weeks)
Absorption of swelling and removal of injured cells and debris. Collagen is laid down and scar tissue begins to form.
FURTHER HEALING CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL THIS IS COMPLETE. IF WE DO NOT TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES DURING THIS PROCESS THE INJURY CAN BECOME CHRONIC AND DIFFICULT TO TREAT.
(IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU CONTINUE THROUGH THIS STAGE SO YOU HEAL IN PROPER POSITION TO ALLOW MOTION AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FEEDBACK TO RETURN TO NORMAL AND PREVENT RE-INJURY)
Stage 3: Remodeling and Maturation (12-14 weeks —— up to 24 months)
Scar tissue continues to be laid down haphazardly and limits mobility.
YOUR BODY IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TOOL - TAKE CARE OF IT.
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