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What is Your Body Telling You?

Our bodies are very intricate and fascinating, it can tell us so much about our environment and what it perceives as something it likes or perceives as a threat. Question is, how often do we actually listen to those feelings that out body is trying to tell us? It’s very easy to just push through and continue on with what we are doing. We are only human and we like to rush through things to get to our end game but, is that always beneficial to us as a whole? Can your body handle that pace and for how long?

Your body is always adapting to our environment and doesn’t always like to do so in a linear fashion!

“Speed Hides Need”

A very interesting topic was introduced to me this past weekend, “speed hides need”. Meaning your body will find a way to complete a task in the most efficient way, not necessarily the best way. What truly spoke to me was that rushing feeling we get when we are completing tasks. “It’s just one more ________” or “I just don’t have the time for _________ right now”; common phrases we tell ourselves and maybe don’t think about what our body wants or needs. Think about it if you’re rushing to do something is it the same quality until the end? Likely not! This is where “speed hides need” comes into play! As an example you’re doing a squat close to the last repetition, are you consciously thinking about the quality of that movement or the quantity? If you’re speeding through your body may not always be ready, the way it tells us something was too much is through pain, and often unexplained pain is de to those unruly compensation pattern. By speeding through that movement your body is trying to hide that need and mask anything that would sense that you are off in your movement.

What Can my Body Tell Me?

Great question! Your body can tell you when you are maxed out! It can also tell you when it perceives a “threat”. This threat doesn’t mean someone who’s about to sneak up behind you. Rather, your body is telling you “I just can’t do that right now”. Ever get into a stretch and you just feel like you can’t relax into it that well? This may be a sign that you just don’t have that flexibility (yet!). Or this could mean you aren’t in the right mindset for it at that time. When we stretch we want to be relaxed, often if you are rushing through it or it’s uncomfortable your body and brain work together to signal a perceived threat or discomfort. This means something else may tense in response to this perceived stress preventing you from getting that full benefit. This is why it’s important to breathe! A few deep breaths in and out through the nose can do wonders, and help bring you into a better mindset!

Let’s talk about your body

Fight or Flight

This may be a concept you’ve heard before in school long ago. This relates to the nervous system and how your body perceives the environment. This tends to signal the body to be in a high alert mode. Meaning that you may be hypersensitive to the stimulus around you. When this occurs we need to find a way to downregulate (lower) that sensation so we can complete daily living tasks. This could be your fears, pain, or simply stress. It’s our job to figure out how to bring that down to a happy level. After all making your body feel its best is our top priority!

What makes you happy? It may be a pet, or it may be a hike in the woods, we want to know so we can help you best!

How Can We Help?

This is why we like to get to know you and what your goals are! This helps us determine what sorts of techniques will help your body best and determine how much “homework” to give you. This may be why we give you some breathing exercises or remind you to breathe when doing your exercises! Remember we work with your body to give you what it needs!

Written by: Michelle Gaudet BSc, CAT(C)

Certfied Athletic Therapist

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Insane in the Membrane: Lower leg pain of a Golfer!

Initial Lower Leg Injury

We are currently treating a client ( an avid golfer) who has been complaining of pain in her lower leg for almost 8 months! They initially thought it was an ankle sprain since there was a traumatic event. The swelling in the ankle went down and she could go back to doing her daily activities.

The Missing Piece Keeping Her From Golf

However she noticed that whenever she would workout or try and golf, the pain would return and she would be sore throughout the outside of her lower leg. This had caused her to end her golfing season earlier than what she wanted to and she was hesitant about starting again. After going through a detailed assessment, we determined that not only had she sprained her ankle during that fall but she had also done some damage to the interosseous membrane. The interosseous membrane connects the two bones in her lower leg.

So now, every time she tried to workout or golf, there was no stability in the space connecting both bones . The surrounding muscles would have to work twice as much to try and maintain the balance in the lower leg. That was causing wear and tear on the joints that those muscles were attached to and was resulting in various compensation patterns.

What’s An “Interosseous” and What Does It Have To Do With Golf?!

The interosseous membrane is a fibrous membrane that maintains the integrity of the space between several anatomical structures. The two places that are mentioned the most is in the forearm (between the radius & ulna) and the lower leg (between the tibia and the fibula). Because of the composition of this structure, it can provide stability between the joint but also maintain an elastic property that helps support heavy loads throughout different movement angles. Whenever we transfer weight from one leg to another, the interosseous membrane helps the ligaments around our ankles keep us stable until both feet are on the ground.

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During a golf swing, the interosseous membrane allows the rotation to happen on our stabilizing leg to complete the swing. If the interosseous membrane is damaged, all those movements become painful and the lower leg feels unstable when you’re putting pressure through one leg.

How We Relieved Her Lower Leg Pain And Got Her Back Golfing!

The first thing we did was release the tight muscles that were applying so much pressure to her ankle and knee. Once those relaxed, we were able to do some mobilizations on the joints which had been put under so much pressure. We made sure that the bones were working properly in connection to one another and once the joints were working better, she was given exercises to improve her balance and remind the interosseous of its job as a stabilizer.

As of now, she is has been able to play a 9 hole course with an ankle brace for extra support and we are hoping to make it a full 18-round with no extra support soon!!

If you are suffering with ankle or lower leg pain, reach out and speak with one of our therapists.