September 2020 - news Home
It’s unbelievable how quickly time passes. Estelle has just realised that it’s a whole year since her last knee surgery – and that her knee is still recovering from the trauma that entailed. She is very aware that her body continues to compensate for the surgery and it’s consequences.
Rehabilitation is a subject that we discuss often with our clients and, as Estelle can confirm, no healing process is instantaneous. Every injury will have a knock-on effect on other parts of your body. For example, her knee may have been the area under ‘attack' but it’s her back that shows symptoms now. This is because we all make physical adjustments around dysfunction so we can to continue to move or work. Without thinking about it, we redistribute weight away from the affected area but that then puts another part of our body under strain. We adapt to these changes until our brain sends a warning signal that says, “hey, I’m now overworking!”
Remind yourself that recovery – rehab – is like climbing a mountain. It takes effort but when it comes to the healing process, patience is everything. Take your time but concentrate on your next step, which could mean getting adjusted. This is beneficial because when our spines are correctly aligned, our brain and body work together in a more efficient manner. Think of about it like using walking poles to get you up that hill. They help you make the journey in a more efficient way. Just like an adjustment.
At the practice –––>
Beginning this month, we will start reverting back to our pre-lock down schedules. Full availability for Estelle, Joanne and Vanessa are here and Ros, Tracy and Nell are all available to advise and book you in.
At home –––>
… or on the go! Another reason we mention climbing mountains is that’s what Estelle was up to recently. It was quite a challenge, but she did make to to the top of Ben Hope in Scotland. Physical effort is good for us in so may ways. If you’re up for a hike, it’s a good idea to keep an energy or protein hit to hand, especially if you aim to reach pinnacles! While you could grab a bag of trail mix or a packet of nuts, these Banana-nut Energy Balls are so much better.
Get out your food processor and add all these to the bowl:
– 200 grams of your favourite nut or seed (almonds or sunflower work well)
– 100 grams each of shredded unsweetened coconut and pitted dates
– 1 chopped ripe banana plus…
– 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of salt.
– extra coconut or cocoa powder for decorating
Pulse until the mix turns into a soft dough, then roll a spoonful into a ball. The mix should make about 30. If you want, you can then roll the balls in a little extra coconut or be extra-indulgent and coat in rich cocoa powder.