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Move without Pain

Move without Pain

Move without Pain

Movement for Pain

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Movement for Pain

Half Marathon

Half Marathon

Perhaps the most helpful thing you can do, when in pain, is to move. If it is acute and you have just injured yourself, then that is different and you may need advice about when to begin moving, how much to move and what movements are best. If however, you are a few weeks or months in, then it is definitely time to move. Movement plays with your nervous system in many ways. If you keep on remembering that pain and tissue damage are not necessarily related, then you will know that pain is an output from your brain and the brain bases your pain on the understanding your brain has of it. This ankle is still bruised, but no longer acute and now needs gentle movement to continue healing.

IMG_0097This is my daughter’s ankle, that took quite a while to get better, not sure the high shoes helped much. ……Ran onto a thrown away empty bottle of water on mile 3 of her first Half Marathon, see photo above, sprained her ankle, but still finished the half marathon virtually pain free, and then it hurt!

 

Moving the whole body slowly and gently for pain helps the brain to integrate the body and know where it is.

Click on this lovely movement, by Sara Southey, The Southey Way, southey@me.com and follow it very slowly. Try to do it three or four times a day. Make sure that you really extend your back and curl your tummy, it’s not a sit up. It is much more about experiencing the sensation of a safe movement. These may be different to anything you normally do. As you move through the sequence, be really aware of the way you feel, of the mat, or carpet, of the lovely intense feeling in your back as you begin to form movements that may be new to you. Do not go into pain, just really enjoy the new, novel moments and begin to feel positive and hopeful as you do them.