Post-surgical Recovery Incomplete? See How Bridging® Helped this Hockey Player

ÔÇťAn estimated 12 million individuals between the ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and approximately $33 billion in health care costs.ÔÇŁ

Common Sports Injuries: Incidence and Average Charges | ASPE (hhs.gov)

Post Surgery: Will I ever be back to normal?

This is a regular topic I write about because it seems to be so common. You had an injury, accident or medical procedure which required surgery.

For your recovery you:

  • Rested
  • Diligently did your therapy exercises
  • Wondered “When will I be back to normal?”

Shoulder surgery still not fully recovered

Our YouTube guest this week also had that thought. Will is an active college student, who had shoulder surgery 5 years ago related to accumulated stress from playing hockey.

When we met, he was still bothered by “Charlie-horse” type pain at night, stiffness in the morning, limitations when working out, and pain when doing too much. He also had a hard time activating the correct muscles in his arms when working out.

At the end of session, he commented that his physical therapy never included anything related to what we found that played a role in his body’s continued stress. Those exercises were focused solely on his shoulder.

A month after his Bridging® session

A month later, Will reports that his shoulder and arm are pain-free and feeling good. He doesn’t feel like he has to be so careful with his shoulder even as he’s restarted hockey practice and weight lifting.

In addition, he realized that his workouts feel better because the “mind-muscle” connection he struggled with is now happening. (This was not working due to the injury and surgical disruptions.) He can now feel the activation in the correct muscles!

Take a look to see what else played a role in limiting his recovery.


Let’s use the Bridging┬« framework to breakdown Will’s shoulder issue

development chartTo help understand why an injury is not recovering as expected we look to the past for additional clues. A prior injury often provides insights to how, where, and how long the body has been compensating.

In Will’s case there really wasn’t a specific injury, but instead, a long pattern of repetitive trauma from hockey playing. This, and his age, are the reasons his session results were so quick — no underlying early life compensation patterns!

Curious … did you have surgery and still are still waiting to get back to normal?Here are some past BLOG posts about post-surgical recovery:

Cara with new mom

Is a New Mom’s Childbirth Trauma Linked to Anxiety and Sports Performance Challenges?

Anxiety and trauma resulting from childbirth, especially for C-section moms

In a prior BLOG post I shared how the diaphragm, breathing, and lower body interconnections are all related, and most importantly, impact anxiety.

One of the most common reasons we find for moms to feel anxious, as well as reluctant to restart activity, relates to postpartum recovery, especially when a C-section was involved. There are specific reasons why your body just isn’t putting itself back together after a C-section. Something to do with cutting through seven (yes, 7!) layers to get to the baby??

Take a look at our newest Bridging® Insider YouTube video featuring Kira. She was still impacted from her childbirth and C-section experience. You will also see what changed following some Bridging® support. Read more

melting butter

Butter Melting … It’s the Sensation We Feel When Muscles Change

“What do you feel when the muscles change?”

Inquisitive clients have posed this question over recent weeks. My response?

To those of us doing Bridging®, the change feels like the muscles and movements soften and melt, similar to butter. The movement become easier for us, and for you!

Butter can have many states from hard to melted:

  • frozen solid
  • refrigerator hard
  • room temperature softness
  • a melted fluid

As your muscles begin to work together better they end up in the soft, easy to spread state. The work of each muscle becomes shared with a larger network so each individual muscle can relax, knowing it can work only when needed, and that it now has helpers.

Read more

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Cancer Journey? Yes, There Are So Many Aspects to This

Cancer treatment support is a personal topic for me. This month marks 20 years since my son was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6.

During his 3+ years of treatment he endured 2 surgeries, 38 lumbar punctures, countless IV’s and hospital stays. He was messed up from treatment, and because of treatment.

I found out first hand the importance of mentally and physically supporting him during and after the process.

The Bridging® support I was able to provide came in some years after his treatment and primarily addressed latent effects. He still has some concerns this many years later, but he is generally doing great! Read more

a family enjoys a walk

Recent, or Not So Recent, Surgery? And Recovery Isn’t Quite What You Expected?

A number of clients in the office recently have wanted help with pain or limited range of motion. We found these had a relationship to prior surgeries.

These surgeries included:

  • Abdominal structure repair
  • Cancer treatment
  • C-section
  • Dental
  • Hysterectomy
  • Wrist (following fracture)

In each case Bridging® was able to help with pain, ease of motion, and more.

Read more

feet

Foot Surgery and Still Have Pain, Swelling, or Balance Concerns?

Facts about feet issues and surgeries

Bunions affect approximately 25-30% of adults.

Most common foot surgeries are to address:

  • bunions
  • hammer toes
  • tendon release
  • neuroma
  • metatarsal repair

Feet still hurting after surgery?

Read more

this way to pain relief

Pain and Swelling Still an Issue After Your Surgery or Procedure?

Lots of summer surgeries!

We meet people who are frustrated with the status of their recovery. These are the most common surgeries they have had:

  • Did an accidental bone break need repair?
  • Was the knee or hip replacement, or hysterectomy planned?
  • Was the appendix or gallbladder surgery an emergency?
  • Was the surgery part of cancer treatment?

You or your loved one had surgery earlier this year. Although it went well, there is still unexplained pain, swelling, or weird tightness. Read more

post surgical pain relief

Post-Operative Pain: Our 3 Stages to Relief

Three Stages to Clearing Chronic Post-Op Pain

Chronic post-operative pain is the top reason teens and adults seek out Bridging for pain relief.

The Mystery

Not only is post-operative chronic pain a noted outcome of surgery, it is often a mystery to the traditional medical community as to why it occurs. There are many studies which categorize and quantify the pain, but they provide few answers and recommendations for remedies.

However, from a physics and micromovement perspective, the majority of post-operative pain is not a mystery. Read more

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Pain — The #1 Reason Teens and Adults Seek Out Bridging┬« Relief

Insights about Chronic Pain

feeling stressed80% of childhood chronic pain continues into adulthood.

Many study* participants reported the pain was the result of a sports injury. (*Source: Chronic Pain in Adolescents Children (Basel) Dec 2016 Freiedrichdorf et al.)

17% of adults with chronic pain had it as a child.

Chronic pain is also a significant post-operative complication.  Read more

man slips on ice

Slip and Fall? Three Ways Bridging® Can Help

Two days, three clients with falls. ‘Tis the season!

Only two days back in the office in the new year and we’ve seen three clients recovering from injuries related to falls. So many ways to slip and fall — stairs, sidewalk, and tripping. Please be careful!

As we worked through the Bridging movements with each client, they all felt the tension in their body relax in ways they didn’t even realize they needed. Balance was restored along with ease of motion. Read more