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Avoiding injury and re-injury.

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Many people have at some point injured themselves seriously enough to necessitate a break from their favorite activities. If the injury was painful enough adequate healing time was surely taken since anything else would have created more and perhaps irreversible damage. But with less dire injuries ene would be more prone to prematurely resume the activity which caused the injury. This is how one can quickly move from a condition that may pass relatively quickly to one that won't. Even if enough has passed since the injury occurred, one must still be careful. Regardless of how effective the physical therapy or how long the recuperation time, there will still be a slight limitation in the range of motion or ability at that particular area.

This is especially true of Yoga related injuries. An activity that focuses so much on the balance between flexibility and power may give one a feeling of being somehow “above it”. After all, Yoga is supposed to be good for everything right? Right! However… a torn hamstring is a torn hamstring. It will always be just slightly tighter and more likely to tear again; it won’t know whether you’re doing a forward bend or an axe kick.

We know better than to push when near the time of injury; acute pain will quickly show us that we’re not there yet. However, as time passes and we really start to miss the activity, we begin to rationalize: it’s been long enough, I haven’t felt any pain, I haven’t done that particular move, etc. These signs may indeed signal readiness to resume action, but one must still ensure that that this new found sense of security is not false.

For example, a spine injury caused by incorrect alignment and force will likely continue to give pain when attempting to do the same movement. Anyone with a hurt back due to excessive twisting will know that either the range of motion must be greatly reduced or omitted all together. For example, a Bound Reverse Triangle will no longer be part of a repertoire for someone with this type of injury.

Special care must be taken to avoid re-injury. One must remember that it was the ignoring of the warning signs that caused the injury in the first place. Making the same mistake twice is considerably worse than only making it once. Not only does it continue to physically weaken the same area, but it may also be symptomatic of an unwillingness to learn. Hurt myself once: “Oops. Shouldn’t have done that!” Hurt myself twice doing the same thing … When it comes to avoid injury and re-injury remember that you want to be able to keep doing your favorite activity into your old age. Right?

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