Are you in pain? Are you having an injury? Do they mean the same thing?
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Rest is of utmost importance to prevent further damage. Our body system instinctively activates our antibodies to fight potential infection. Scar tissues soon begin to form.
Our body continues to remodel the disorganized scar tissues as close as possible to the original form. This takes place over the next 14 to 20 days. During this period, progressive exercises and appropriate body therapy could promote healing.
Optimal recovery usually takes weeks, but could stretch to months and sometimes years. It is very much influenced by rest and rehabilitation.
We can relate to pain as a wake-up call, and are often reminded of the adage, “listen to your body”. Yet, it is human nature to always want to test our limits.
Personally, I love vertical marathons, and have my fare share of pushing myself too far during training or on race days. Perhaps for some of us, getting injured for crossing our limits translate to more satisfication in stroking our ego and earning us humble bragging rights, than in the physical accomplishment itself.
Everyone goes through pain in one way or another. Babies pick up themselves and try again whenever they fall. They want to learn to walk, and to grow.
As we pursue achievements, we must also learn to draw a line between pain and injury. Only then, can we upkeep ourselves to continue doing what we love.
- Tick, Heather. Holistic Pain Relief.New World Library. 2013
- Rolf, ChrisTer. The Sports Injury Handbook – Diagnosis and Management. A&C Black. 2007