Later, I realized the swelling needed a little compression to help get things back to normal.
Since it had been some time, I couldn't remember where the knee brace was hiding. Didn't find it until the next day so I hobbled around without it.
In the meantime. Did some mobility movements.
Mind you, the moves were very, very small.
This is "exactly" the same thing I teach everyone when starting out with this approach.
Why People Fail
Since many of us were taught to exercise and go for it, we tend to push or want to hurry "doing" or recovery.
The biggest mistake I see when people use this approach of conscious pandiculation is to go too big or too fast.
I get it, we’re in a hurry. We want a speedy recovery.
So, I see how people speed their way through and miss the target which is the brain’s motor cortex.
How to Succeed
It does s-l-o-w. That way the brain can reset, if you will, in slow motion only.
That’s why us sports fans love to see a replay in slow motion.
You pick up the finer details that you would miss at the speed of life.
So you build yourself back little by little until things come together.
Next morning. Knee was still bent up a little and I was fine with that.
Repair mode was under way even though the brain reverted to its past protection (program).
Take a Little Edge Off
So, another round of safe, little, small movements to jog the brain to calm down then nervous system.
While at the same reconditioning the movement system to open up a little.
Since I couldn't walk in the usual manner down the stairs.
I reversed it and walked backwards to be able to allow the leg to lengthen some.
At this point, the leg couldn’t fully extend nor bend all the way as well.
Press and Feel
Later on. I was pressing in the flesh to feel where the pain was.
How deep or superficial?
What side felt more or less discomfort?
That way I could check in later to feel if things had changed.
This of course got me doing little movements around it. Probing consciously a little here and there.
Granted, I know how to release held tension.
Shift to Re-Balance
But... there is only so much the body will allow for as it is in repair mode.
The brain needs a little time to sort it out. The body needs a little time to recuperate and allow for things to shift toward balance.
No Need to Push It
Thus, there is no need to push it. Ya just come back a little later and mobilize here or there.
Then you know how much or how little you need to restore comfort on account of life still bringing ‘it’.
Next Day - Day 2 of Recovery
Did some morning moves. Felt and pushed into the tissues and there was already a positive change.
Was I 100%? No. I was on the mend so All Good!
Afterwards I could tell the brace could now be lessened since there was less tension. First time down the stairs, I went backwards to feel it out.
The next, I was able to walk up going forwards. It wasn't my usual walk, but it had improved a little.
By the afternoon, I was surprised. Yes, I still get surprised at the power of the brain and the ability to recuperate.
Walking felt a lot more comfortable. Of course, I wasn't pushing it.
This is what I see people do when they try to go right back to where they were.
We sometime forgot to honor the process of healing and recovery.
Plus, you may gain some useful insights in that period of learning how to move well again.
Again, it takes time to heal.
So as I worked at the computer, still had to elevate. Yet, I needed a lot less compression when I walked around.
The Sweet Spot
And then yes. I took a nap right around the sweet spot.
1:30 pm is the known sweet spot where the brain can reset. So alrighty then.
Woke up 20 minutes later knowing that a little sleep would help the cells in the brain do their clean up.
Again. Recovery is a process.
Later, I was able to walk down our hill (with the brace to be safe) to pick up the trash and recycling cans. On the walk back up the 1/4 mile hill. Things were feeling and moving better.
After that, I took off the brace. And didn’t need it any more.
The time you have is worthwhile.
Accidents happen to those of us who teach this stuff. We're not immune.
We too have a history of pain or where we may have wrecked our body. Even while having fun.
The journey you take is worth it when you come out the other side.
Tap into the brain-body and keep it working for you since... life happens.
Like brushing your teeth where you parents had to tell you a million times to do it.
So I’m gong to only say it once (again).
Pandiculate. : )
Discover how marvelous the brain can work with and for you.
P.S. I played the next weekend and it was like it never happened. Oh happy dog wagging my tail. Woof!
Learn all the tricks and secrets of the healthy animals. (With a little applied human consciousness).
Wag your tail too in the Classroom or Just for You Program.