Once you understand pain and identify the many triggers that may be contributing to it, it's time to do something about it. A recovery strategy is your personal game plan to get you moving and feeling well.
Create your recovery strategy.
To create a recovery strategy, you need to identify your triggers and define your goals. Something similar to this:
- Reduce painful symptoms.
- Increase functionality of the painful area.
- Be able to participate in your preferred activities.
- Live well without always focusing on your pain.
Once your goals are in place you can act upon them.
When you are first injured, it's probably best to avoid anything that aggravates it. The tissue needs to mend. When the tissue damage is sufficiently healed and you've been cleared by your Doctor you should meet with a qualified therapist and set up a treatment plan in order to further aid your goal to desensitize the receptors and start moving well.
Measurable Progress: Objective vs Subjective
In order to be truly successful with your therapeutic interventions you need to understand the difference between Objective and Subjective.
Objective information is not biased. It's not influenced by personal feelings or opinions. In therapy it's what we can see and measure; increased range of motion, fluidity of movement, speed of movement. THIS is how we define our progress and success of treatment.
Subjective information is solely based on feelings and opinions. We may increase range, fluidity, and speed of movement, but if you still feel pain it's entirely subjective. I can't say you don't have pain when you feel you obviously do.
Our primary treatment goal is to make objective measurable changes. When you move well, painful symptoms are often greatly reduced or are completely eradicated. What you see happening in session is what will happen in your every day life after the integration process.
Here's how we do it.
Luckily for us, nerve hyper sensitivity is physical, observable, and measurable. As a Certified Advanced P-DTR® Practitioner I am able to use neuroreceptor pairing to reduce or eliminate this sensitivity. Recent studies have concluded that P-DTR® is effective in reducing or eliminating pain and increasing range of motion associated with musculoskeletal conditions in 100% of the patients treated. Those are some remarkable odds in your favor.
We will use Neurokinetic Therapy to recondition motor control by restoring proper movement sequencing. Flip the switches and eliminate the glitches.
Effective therapy, when you need it, is a large part in your recovery strategy, but you are the key player in your recovery. Embracing change, acknowledging the triggers, and continuing to address those triggers on your own will empower you to live your life the way you want to.
Fearing or worrying about movements can produce painful movement restrictions. By avoiding those movements the feedback loop keeps spinning through its infinite hamster wheel.
This may sound counterintuitive, but you should actually expose yourself to movements that are slightly painful. Getting yourself to the edge of pain allows you to assess what you're feeling. Listen to what your body is telling you and communicate with yourself that there is nothing dangerous going on. While the Nociceptors are doing their job firing off signals to the brain that there is something familiar happening and there may be cause for alarm, you can control the output by noting that there is nothing alarming actually taking place.
You are not being physically attacked. You are not under duress. There is no tissue damage happening with these movements. The Danger Will Robinson signals can mellow out. Normal, safe, every day movements should be recognized as normal, safe, every day movements. Be aware of your responses and change your relationship with your pain.
Find activities that you are able to do that are meaningful to you. A large part of treatment and being able to recover from pain is living life the way you can now even if it's not the same as before. Don't look back; you're not going that way.
Do something meaningful.
Do something that nourishes your soul. Meditate. Walk barefoot in the grass. Bask in the warmth of the sun. Splash in the puddles following an afternoon rain. Curl up with a book and view its pages as a dear old friend. Enjoy a meal with loved ones. Be silly for the sake of being silly. Look up at the vastness of the stars and take in how small we truly are.
Stop focusing on your limitations! Shift your focus to what moves you.
There is no miracle cure, no magic pill, or one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps that get you to where you're going. You simply have to put one foot in front of the other.