When injury happens
Injuries affect the structure of the tissues of the body. This re-structuring may result over time with sustained stressors, such as repetitive motion or exercises or body movements that cause pain and limited mobility. Or injuries can result from a vehicular accident, birth trauma, concussions, high-impact sports, etc. What injuries have in common is that they necessitate a period of healing so that connective tissue can return to a structurally stable and functional state. A healing period gives the tissues time to re-connect so that mobility and drainage are not impeded, pain is reduced, and function and strength is restored. Unfortunately for patients, this restoration period can be frustrating. Reconnection happens at the body's rate and not according to an individual's wishful timetable. This period requires patience and treating the body and its connective tissues gently, especially when pain levels are high (no overstretching, deep tissue massage, a return to strenuous exercise). Gentle acupuncture, topical herbal soaks, and internal herbs are helpful in assisting the body's healing response to trauma.
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