We are a proud group of athletes and really want to feel empowered when trying to “fix” the injury ourselves. But it amazes me the lengths that people go to try to “fix” their own injury.
They will jam a lacrosse ball in any region of the body and grimace in agonizing pain. They will wrap the injured area up as tight as possible with some restrictive band, whose name itself (voodoo band) should automatically shoot off a huge level of suspicion. They will also try to do every Mobility WOD in the hopes of becoming a supple leopard.
I know the last thing people want to hear is that you can’t fix yourself. I don’t blame people for trying like hell to get a resolution for their injury, as about 90 percent of the medical field that focuses on musculoskeletal injuries is completely clueless.
But when your car breaks, down you take it to a mechanic and don’t try to fix it yourself. The human body is a million times more complicated than any car, yet people put on their mechanic’s hat and give their best shot at fixing it, only to get lackluster results and still be injured.
So if you are dealing with an injury that really doesn’t seem to be responding to “self-care” it might be time to come to terms that you can’t fix it yourself.
Yes, it’s going to cost some money to get it fixed, especially if you can get to someone who can accurately diagnose the injury and has the skill set to fix it. It usually won’t be cheap either, but where in life is the cheapest solution your best solution? The best part of all is that your injury will actually be fully fixed. Imagine all the free time you will have when you don’t have to roll in agony on a lacrosse ball or spend an infinite amount of time on the foam roller.
Before any of this happens, though, you must really come to terms with the fact that you are actually injured. If your pre-workout routine takes longer than the actual workout and you spend forever doing “mobility” work, it’s a strong indicator that you’re injured. As Jim Rohn said, “ take care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live.”