He seemed really upset with me! You might even say ANGRY with me!
NOW I think I understand. He wasn’t upset with me, but with the fact that he couldn’t always keep me from hurting myself.
You see, I have an ongoing battle with several of my clients…They’re STUBBORN! They are ALWAYS determined to finish whatever project they have started. They just keep going for much too long, holding their body in stressed positions, for far too many hours. They JUST WILL NOT GIVE UP…or maybe ask for help, or be patient enough to wait for that help, when they really need it! (I guess that’s why I understand them?)
I knew my mom set me up for a lifetime of challenge when she grew so frustrated with me that she issued what for her was a curse. She said: “I hope you grow up to marry a man who is just as STUBBORN as you are!” Little did I know then, that “curse” also included clients who were just as stubborn as I am. This stubbornness is why I love them, but also why I “yell” at them sometimes.
Often this stubbornness is the reason for a major “inflammation.” They have kept at a project for so long, or even avoided a part of their body that was trying to heal for so long, that some part of them being really abused is hurting! The effected tissue sometimes becomes “inflamed” in evidence of the body trying to protect itself. That part of the body may be swollen, red, and even feel as if it cannot function with any strength, dependability, or endurance. It’s practically “yelling” at the individual to stop the process creating the irritation.
The Cleveland Clinic says: “When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory process may stimulate nerves and cause pain. “
Without getting too complicated, let’s just say the inflammation is trying to help the body heal itself. Nerves carrying the signals of pain from the inflamed area promote an increase in blood flow, eventually releasing a “substance P,” a peptide that relaxes the vessels walls. This, along with other substances released from the injured site, increases sensitivity of the affected area even more, ENHANCING the pain. To make matters worse, this inflammation doesn’t affect just the site of the injury…the whole body is affected & HURTS.
All my clients usually want is just to stop the pain. Sometimes they want to stop it, but don’t necessarily want to know what’s causing it. This is where we get into some of our biggest CLASHES. Without knowing whether this phenomena of inflammation reflects an appropriate response to infection or to mechanical damage (either by acute injury or prolonged pressure or friction), I know just treating the pain itself will never be enough! We’d only be throwing a mask over the symptoms, not looking for the cause and source. We may not solve the problem, we may create others, and NEVER find and treat the cause. My client just keeps hurting, and that makes me angry. My job is to try to keep them from hurting, (just like my dad’s was with me).
To actually get a “cure,” or even better, prevent further inflammation, please contact a medical professional you trust: one who will try to find the source of your pain, not just mask its symptoms. Inflammation, like any kind of pain you experience, is trying to communicate a problem. If your body doesn’t “heal itself” in a few days, find someone with good diagnostic skills and resources to help you find the source of the problem. The pain is there for you to respond to, not ignore! Sometimes inflammation, when triggered inappropriately by your body’s defenses, can even cause damage to its own tissues (autoimmune disease).
Get help. Listen to your body!
“Your body is an amazing creation, capable of performing great wonders, but you can destroy that miraculous machine's potential with an overdose of stress…”
Harry J Johnson
“Or just ignoring the signals your body is sending you…” LMC (me)
Linda Cook BS, CPT 937-369-7363 cell 937-748-9905 office email@example.com