Your Body’s Breadcrumbs – How Injuries Follow You Around
Just as Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way home, your body leaves a similar trail of breadcrumbs from injury to injury over your lifetime. By following the trail from crumb to crumb, you will find better health and balance in your everyday movements.
I’ve twisted my ankle, had my knee scoped, broke my leg, wrist, arm, and collarbone, pulled my groin, hamstring and beat my shoulders up. Each injury hurt and each one healed—at least I thought they did. The truth is my body remembered and processed each injury in its internal memory to cause both subtle and overt imbalances over my life.
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Each injury left a “scar” and that scarred area was weakened. Because of each scar, other parts of my body had to work harder to compensate for the weakness. Over time, this compensation caused imbalances—some obvious and some more hidden. Essentially, each injury becomes a breadcrumb that then fosters other breadcrumbs because of that weakness or imbalance. The genius about the human body is that it will do its best to avoid pain and will work outside of its designed functions to get you through your day or activity.
Here’s a great example: if your hips are tight and you have difficulty standing up straight, your back will take over supporting your upper body so that you can continue moving. This support utilizes different muscles to make the physical movement possible, but at a cost… a cost that adds up over time. To keep you out of pain, your body adapts to your tight hips by putting stress on other muscles to make walking possible. This adaption causes vulnerabilities in other body regions leaving you ripe for injury.
I decided to take up golf in my late thirties which seemed fun and uneventful as I was in really good shape. I was more than surprised to discover the litany of past injuries shows up in new ways. The calf breadcrumb led to the upper leg that led to a lower back crumb that then led to my hips then to my neck. From there, it was my glutes and then returned to my lower back again. I traveled around my body from region to region following the trail of breadcrumbs from one injured or hurt area to the next.
Working through my body crumb-by-crumb has improved not only my golf game, but I’m sleeping better and more productive throughout the day. I have more energy and better balance because my body doesn’t have to work as hard to compensate for the many crumbs that were causing latent imbalances.
Manipulating thirty plus years of imbalance takes time and patience. With the discovery of each crumb, there was is another area to target and a further trail to be followed. I will continue to swing away at the little white ball and be ready to combat the next crumb. Acknowledging and understanding the trail has helped me find the greatest physical peace in my body. Maintaining that peace means continuing to follow the crumbs as