The Seahawks are doing well again! It's so exciting to see the team go so far and also see the community excited. It's amazing when it all comes together!
I am not a huge football fan. In fact, I was at the symphony last weekend during the game. I know this may disappoint some people. However, I've had the privilege of working on some NFL players and learn from their injuries.
But, what I think is more important to share is that I have endured and recovered from one of the most common injuries in the NFL. Twice! That's right. Both of my knees have been reconstructed due to torn ACL's and meniscus tears. The surgery is easy, the recovery is awful. But, with Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy I was up and raring to go within a year. You see, massage is much more than just a "feel good" place to "relax". First of all, surgery is scary! Massage was able to help reduce that stress and it helped me find ways to calm my mind. Massage therapy was able to reduce swelling pre surgery, which made my knees feel much more mobile and comfortable. It also helped circulation to the pre surgery leg and manipulate muscles that were not being used. Post surgery massage therapy helped reduce swelling again, as well as breaking up scar tissue and delicate help with range of motion. It offered a safe place to allow my body to relax. Let go in ways that are not possible when you are working so hard at PT and in regular life to balance on the crutches, walk and deal with the cracks in the sidewalks and people rushing by. You can really be heavy on the massage table and that is a relief. Probably the most important aspect of massage therapy post operative is the attention paid to the other parts of my body. Shoulders, arms and hands that have been supporting full weight from crutching around. The opposite leg that has to hold up the entire body because pressure was not possible on the surgery leg. Stomach and anterior leg/hip muscles holding up the surgery leg while crutching. Sometimes, I would forget that my surgery knee hurt, because the rest of my body was so achy. Massage therapy considers the whole body and I am ever grateful for this aspect of the work. I am even happy that I experienced knee surgery twice, because I certainly do not forget how it feels and I do take all aspects of my client into consideration.
Most of you know that 2 Hands Studio works closely with One to One Physical Therapy, so injury and pre and post surgery clients are a continuos part of our practice. We have lots of experience with many types of injury and surgeries. Hopefully you will never have to endure an injury or surgery, but if you do you will want to recovery to the best of your abilities at 2 Hands Studio!