As I dashed down the stairs I had the fleeting recognition that the stairs looked funny, followed by the thought, “Oops, I should have taken my reading glasses off.” Suddenly my right ankle turned mercilessly under me and I plunged to the floor. I waited for the excruciating jab of pain to subside so that I could breathe again. When I did catch my breath, I wondered what the damage would be.
Sound familiar? Sooner or later everyone has an injury, but I assumed that my role was to support those in need of healing. Now I was the one needing help!!!
I am so fortunate to have a Rolfer for a husband. Receiving his work within hours of the accident decreased my pain immediately and hastened my recovery. For that reason I urge you not to hesitate, if fate brings an unexpected incident during which you too experience that you are only human. Get some Rolfing as soon as you can.
Why? Because for one thing you are in pain. The pain that your are experiencing is partially due to spasm, in response your body being jolted or distorted by a traumatic event. Muscles tend to lock up to protect an injured area. Pain creates spasm, which in turn creates pain in a vicious cycle. Interrupting that pattern will start the healing process.
Rolfing will also help to restore your breath, calm your nervous system and remind you that all is not lost. But what about your injured ankle? Initially the Rolfer will not apply direct pressure to the injured area; it’s inflamed and will hurt more if touched. By working on surrounding areas, however, will combat the swelling, reduce the stiffness and improve the circulation. Rolfing facilitates the process of tissue repair.
As you manage to get through the next 6 weeks, the soft tissue and ligaments of you foot and leg will slowly heal. The swelling will gradually go down and you will feel more and more as you did prior to the injury. But my dear friend, you will not be the same. To prevent further injury, your body forms its own natural connective tissue cast to encase and support the injured area. Long after the original injury has healed you may still be wearing that cast! Subsequently, the injured leg will be a bit stiffer and not able to move as far in all directions as the unhurt leg. That is where Rolfing does an amazing thing. Rolfing reestablishes the normal elasticity of the connective tissues and restores healthy mobility and circulation to the area. Rolfing removes the cast!
This mobility is your birthright. We are not meant to live our lives post injury with parts of our bodies that have become mummified.
Does hobbling around on a sprained ankle affect the rest of your body? You bet. The whole structure tries to compensate for the imbalanced movement pattern of the foot and ankle. The Rolfer restores the alignment and biomechanics to each joint so that your entire body is singing again.
You deserve to breathe deeply and to move with ease. So, don’t hesitate to call us if you slip on a banana peel. For help with tapping your potential call us at 973.509.8464 or book on line to schedule an appointment.