Get Your Stuff Fixed
We’ve all heard it, that rattle, an unexpected squeak or a grinding while we drive. I’m personally guilty of just turning up the radio up and hoping it goes away or dismissing it as something else. However, deep down we all probably know that there’s something not right about the vehicle and that means taking the time and money to get it looked at, all that money that you had earmarked for much more fun destinations. Car repairs are an inevitability and eventually we will all begrudgingly make the time before things get worse and get our car looked at. Today, we can’t live without our vehicle and the idea of breaking down in the middle of nowhere, usually scares us enough to bite the bullet and pay for the repairs. It makes sense and it just has to be done.
Unfortunately, as an Athletic Therapist, I hear stories from patients about how long they have been hobbled, worked around and been afflicted by some injury or issue that they are now at a much later point getting assessed. Many times, they have given up on something they loved to do, because of something they can no longer do without ease or pain. It is amazing the lengths people will go, to avoid seeing a medical professional or addressing issues within their own body.
If your car gets a flat tire, it has no plan B. You just need a new tire; however, the human body is a lot more adaptable. An injury that isn’t too severe can lead to compensations and short-term trade offs that allow you to get by for a while. However, that durability we possess comes at a price and the longer you delay in addressing it, the more comprehensive the problem can become. You owe it to your self to expect or even demand, more than just getting by. The physical limitations that injuries create, can soon grow into psychological limitations that may become ingrained in who we are. I’m sure we all know people who have that one body part or one injury from the past that always bothers them and is often a convenient excuse. The old skiing injury that keeps them in the chalet, the bad back that keeps them off the greens and the sense that you might just be too old or broken to do that thing you still love but don’t do anymore. Commonly, we learn to accept these limits without question and we begin to live within them with no concept of other alternatives.
However, therapy and fitness professionals may hold the key to undoing much of the limiting problems we face. Moving towards positive possibilities, no matter how slowly can be uplifting and encouraging both mentally and physically. Not every injury requires a dramatic surgical intervention and perhaps that person you saw once years ago who didn’t fix you the first time, just wasn’t right for you at the time. Likely you needed a little more patience and eventual persistence. So, take ownership, maybe it will require a little risk but get your body fixed, it’s the only one you will ever get.
James McDonald is a certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning coach, experienced in a wide variety of clientele, from recreation level runners, MMA fighters, Pro Hockey player to amateur Quidditch players. FREE individual consultation sessions as well as one on one treatment sessions can be booked online with Remedy Wellness.