Injuries Have Made Me Stronger

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It's inevitable, fitness training will lead to injuries. It's inevitable, no fitness training will lead to injuries. Whichever way you sway, here are my 5 steps to overcoming your injury stronger.

1. Acceptance

Denying it with a "she'll be right mate" attitude will not help the situation. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate and Refer yourself to your medical health professional. 

2. Correct Diagnosis

Is your injury structural or is it a soft tissue problem? X-rays should provide the answer, however, this is not always the case. Intense lower back pain had me visiting a Physio for months. To cut a long story short, after living a years worth of pain a Chiro visit saw my pain eleviated with one single crack - it was like recieving healing from a miracle worker. When one form of treatment is not working do not be fearful of seeking advise from another practitioner.

3. Correct Treatment

Once diagnosed, the injury can now be treated appropriately. Let the healing begin.

4. Rehab

Do it!! Yeah, I know - It's boring, it's frustrating, there are better things to be doing, more important things to be doing - Are you for real!! More important things than looking after your own body to ensure it remains functional - functional to do all the things you love to do. Will you be able to play cricket with your mates? Dance with your girlfriends to your favourite song playing on the jukebox at the pub? Go on a water skiing trip with the family and actually ski yourself? Complete those necessary daily tasks pain free?

Set aside a time of day every day to perform those rehab exercises. Remember positive reasons for performing them. Make those exercises your daily ritual. I perform foot rehab/therapy exercises every time I brush my teeth. I've made it a habit. Where there's a will there's a way. You can make it happen.

5. Strengthen

You've completed your rehab course and things are feeling pretty good. Time to ensure you do not experience the same injury, or something similar, again. I recommend heading to a qualified exercise professional to have a program made to keep things strong. The area of the body you injured can become stronger, stronger than what it was prior to you injuring it. The reason it may have become injured may be due to the fact it was a weak spot of the body.

I am a believer in coming out of an injury stronger. I have had a few injuries over my life so I ensure to keep those previously injured body parts strong via the use of both strengthening and stretching exercises. I choose not to conform to mainstream society's beliefs, one that states that once you've injured yourself that's it, you'll never be the same again. I will not take this on and you do not have to eighther. Your body deserves more than that.

Yours in Keeping Functional and Natural,

Donna Dekker.

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