Physical Therapy Meditation
Posted on July 9th, 2016
Every recovery is different. Your experience won’t be the same as others so it’s important not to compare your recovery. I’m having no trouble with extension but my range of motion is poor. Some others members of the ACL family have great ROM but are lacking in extension. On Instagram I’ve watched videos of people who had the surgery a couple weeks after me and who are already on the bike! In my present condition I can’t even imagine that day! It’s your recovery so use it aa a chance to really get in tune with your body and know your limit. Know when it’s an opportunity to accept the process as a mental challenge to breathe through the pain and to stop when the pain is too great. Like in yoga it’s not about comparing our poses but instead going inward to connect to your energy and breath. While we may not be able to do the yoga practices, the same inward connection and dharana (focus) is useful to apply in your exercises.
Keep your breath flowing throughout the exercises. Stay with the pain even when you reach your threshold. Staying still in the place of discomfort allows you to move further. Breathe in and out. On the inhales imagine a magical gold energy flows into your brain dissolving all negative thoughts. The energy then flows through your body and right into the knee. On the exhale release any tension. Let it dissolve into the ether.
Having this sense of presence really allows for a more enriching PT experience. Injuries are a wakeup call to realize what we once took for granted. The more you stay in tune with your body as you recover, the more you strengthen the mind-body connection. Having our body and mind in harmony creates for a more peaceful and happier life. M83 is a great band to go inward and to connect to something great. Enjoy! xo
M83 – Vision