Sprains & Strains — Not Just A Local Event

Sprains and strains can occur at any joint of the body, but most commonly do so at the ankle, knee, and wrist joints.  A strain only involves the muscles, while a sprain is more serious, involving the muscles, as well as the tendons and ligaments.

Did you know that whiplash injuries from car accidents and many types of athletic activities, especially contact sports and gymnastics, cause numerous sprains and strains to the spinal column?

Generally speaking, sprains and strains cause us a lot of pain and discomfort.  Moreover, they put us out of commission for some time, keeping us from sports and other recreational activities, as well as interfering with the tasks of daily living.

Sprains and strains cause tissue damage at distant sites as well.

While our focus is drawn to the painful site, so swollen and discolored, the injury often extends further away from the site.  For example, ankle sprains often involves the foot and toes below the ankle, as well as the lower leg above the ankle.

However, the evidence of the injury is most visible and palpable at the location of injury.  Hence, treatment is often limited to reducing pain and swelling locally.  Only weeks, or months later, we notice that something is not quite right in other areas.  However, we no longer remember the sprain, and certainly don’t connect the two.

The body loses resilience with each sprain & strain injury.

The body will adjust to the new situation and change the way it functions.  We also become used to the new status quo, not realizing how we have lost some of the original strength, resilience, and ability to move (range of motion).  However, with each new injury, the body becomes less able to “roll with the punches”.

We become increasingly aware of the “fallout”:  aches and pains, stiffness in the joints and muscles, and weakness.  Often, we attribute these changes to the process of aging.  While we all do age and lose the suppleness of youth, we can remain vital and active, with little or no pain, far longer than what we give our bodies credit for.

The “aging” factor simply means that the longer we live the more opportunity we have to accumulate connective tissue restrictions from all the minor and major traumas, especially sprains and strains, in our lives, including of the mental, emotional, and spiritual sort.

The connective tissue largely holds the key to our health and well being.

The connective tissue (fascia, ligament, tendons, meninges, etc.) creates spaces and compartments for all the structures of the body down to the cellular level.  Whenever we experience any kind of injury, the body is thrown out of alignment and the fascia, ligaments, or tendons become twisted, stretched, or torn at the site of injury and beyond.

Since the fascia has embedded in it the blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and meridians, such a distortion will create stagnation and disruption in the flow of blood, lymph, energy supply, and conduction of nerve impulses. Consequently we experience heat, pain, weakness, swelling, and decrease ability to move.

Since we experience so many sprains and strains, we hardly remember them. However, they leave a trail of restrictions in the connective tissue that little by little reduce our ability to fully enjoy and participate in life.

Releasing restrictions in the connective tissue speeds up the healing process.

Herbs and homeopathy can alleviate much of the pain and swelling.  So can acupuncture (with needles) and acupressure (without the needles).  However, we need some form of physiotherapy to restore maximum function, strength, and resilience.

Energetic unwinding of the spine, joints, and muscles helps the body to release the many restrictions in the connective tissue to greatly enhance the recovery from sprains and strains.

Energetic unwinding combines craniosacral therapy with acupressure and soft tissue work to assist and speed up the healing process in a focused yet gentle manner, well suited for acute, as well as chronic injuries.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health