Function will alter form; then form will alter function
Physical and emotional trauma can leave an impact on your body. Often your body will compensate for a trauma by implementing an emergency adaptation strategy. This is a good thing because you can get through your day and do what you need to do without giving so much energy to your injury. You don’t have to stop. Yet it is not a good thing when the adaptation strategy becomes a permanent way of moving. Your body will create a “new normal” movement pattern for you, automatically and without any input from you. This is very important to understand. Your sprained ankle will change how your knee and your hip move.
Over time, the areas where your body introduced a little compensation by moving differently to protect the injured part will wear or accumulate stress. This compensation is a good example of body psychology: the knee has become “codependent” so the ankle can be injured. Of course, the ideal situation is that the ankle heals properly so it can do its ankle job and then the knee is free to do its knee job.
Healing, like so much in life, is often less than ideal, however. Bodywork is one good way to identify and unravel your compensatory patterns. Sometimes it may seem like taking a journey back to the original injury. Often it is indeed just that. This work can often be a bit intense because injuries do include mental and emotional components. I am familiar with this process and I would love to be your guide.