Accidents, Pain, and Movement

Accidents can cause muscle pain problems, even years after the accident is over.

This week I worked with three different clients, all with the same problem: they'd suffered an accident to one side of their body, had it medically/surgically fixed, and then never felt the same again. They had back pain and hip pain on one side. They all had excellent doctors and physical therapists who'd helped them heal. They'd completed their rehab exercises, and all had been pronounced healthy again. Two had suffered severe falls onto the knee and one had had a sports injury resulting in a groin pull that never seemed to heal.

Despite the structural healing, they didn't feel or move well. Here's what all three clients looked like from the back. This photo illustrates the Trauma Reflex that occurs in response to accidents or injuries suffered to one side of the body:

 

Notice the difference in the waist muscles: the right side is tighter and shorter than the left side. The right waist muscles are "hiked up" higher than the left.

So imagine the following scenario:  you fell on your right knee and broke it. Reconstructive surgery followed, and you were on crutches for a month. You couldn't put much weight on the painful side and you had to compensate for your right side's limited movement. Rehab followed and you finally got back full extension and flexion of the injured knee. You were pronounced "all better," but walking just never felt the same. Pain began to develop on the left side of your body, most notably in your left hip.

A Trauma Reflex can cause limited movement in the center of the body.

This need to "recruit the neighbors" on the left side to help out until the right side healed is the brain's reflexive response to accidents, injuries or surgeries. It is unavoidable, yet necessary to protect the body from further pain or injury. The result is tightness on one side of the body.  This affected the rotation the of pelvis and my clients walked as if they were a car with one flat tire. Those muscles had learned to stay tight and to compensate. They'd become "frozen," and unable to relax. Slowly, but surely I taught my clients to regain sensation and control of the back and waist muscles so they could regain their balance and coordination in order to move both sides of the hips and allow for easy walking. This relaxed muscles in the shoulder and neck as well.

So if you've suffered an accident and think you might be compensating in some way, let me know. I can help and you'll be walking with ease in no time.

Read my book, Move Without Pain, and learn the Somatics Exercises that can teach you to eliminate back, neck, shoulder and hip joint pain and improve movement - no matter what kind of accident or injury you've suffered.