After surgery it is tempting to lay around in a still state while nursing your body back to health. But, remaining still could be realistically prolonging your recovery process.
Our bodies are vehicles designed to move. Discover how our guest blogger relays the importance of movement as it relates to our bodies using the following question:
Which would you rather drink from: a flowing stream or a pool of stagnant water?
Just because surgery has put your “normal” life on hold doesn’t mean movement should stop. Circulation, lymphatic drainage, synovial fluid production–are all stimulated by movement and all are essential for healing. Therapists realize this truth and have even begun to understand how the physical is tied to the mental and emotional. Working the body promotes health in these last two areas, and, as Hering’s Law of Cure states, “symptoms move from above downwards.” In other words, healing begins in the mind.
Intensity is the factor which must be strictly controlled. To facilitate healing, movement should be pain free (during and 24-48hrs after) and performed at an intensity which doesn’t activate the Sympathetic Nervous System–the Fight/Flight response. The movement should actually give to the body more than it takes away. It should leave a person feeling better than before the session started, closer to “normal” and feeling more alive. After all, life IS movement.
About the Author: Author of Holistic Strength Training for Triathlon, Andrew is a former professional cyclist, the first leukemia survivor to qualify for and finish the Hawaii Ironman World Championships, the first Leukemia Survivor to win an Iron Distance Triathlon, the creator of Daily Tips for Holistic Health for I-Phones, and twice voted One of the Top Trainers in America by Men’s Health.Sharing is Caring!