Don’t we love that snow? Except when we have to shovel it, slip on it, hurt ourselves playing in it, or drive in it. With winter in full swing, I would like to talk about injuries that are likely to occur and how massage therapy may save you hundreds of dollars in future medical care by paying for an hour of immediate care.
First, we have to talk about connective tissue. I’m sure you’ve heard of this before, its also called fascia. It gift wraps absolutely everywhere in your body right down to the cellular level. It’s the matrix that holds the 70 million cells together that make you, you. Fascia is consistently being broken apart and rebuilt daily within the body depending on dysfunction and pull. For example, when you wake up in the morning, throw your arms up over your head to stretch, and there is an audible popping and cracking, that’s connective tissue which has been laid down over night, and you’re simply breaking it apart by movement. Yes, this is perfectly healthy and normal. This is an ideal example of why stretching and movement are important to maintain a healthy body, but that is a different topic I will broach in another blog. So how does connective tissue apply to injuring myself in the snow? Great question.
Let’s say you slip on ice and put your hand out to break the fall and twist/jam your shoulder. You decide its not that big of a deal and don’t seek help, but baby the shoulder for the next 3-6 weeks by restricting movement, lose a week of sleep from the pain, and pop a few aspirin daily. After a few months you can move the shoulder with minimal pain, but no longer have the range of motion you did prior to the accident. By not seeing a massage therapist to rehab the connective tissue, you now have a build up of layers upon layers of dysfunctional restrictive connective tissue- not only in the shoulder but within the whole system because of fascial lines of pull throughout the whole body. Fascia is like plastic, and it takes quite a bit of time to rehab the tissue back to its original state depending on how long the body has been allowed to compensate for this injury. Its very possible that your shoulder no longer hurts, but now you are regularly having migraines. Are these connected? Absolutely. Having body work at the time of injury will allow the damaged fascia to be gently worked, stretched, and flushed aiding in proper healing and supporting full body function.
If you’re in pain– DON’T WAIT! How do your shoulders feel after days of shoveling? How does your lower back feel after hanging Christmas lights? How does your hip feel after a tumble on the ice or snowboarding crash? Don’t let it go any longer, book an appointment today!