It feels like it happened yesterday – literally. The pain in my knees is a constant reminder of that beautiful run I took on my 45th birthday. Torn meniscus, said the doctor. Surgery was the answer. But five years later, having had the surgery (and then again on the other knee), things have never been quite the same as they were.
I’ve learned a lot about myself (not just my knees) through this process. Recovering has been much more arduous than I would have expected. Exercise keeps me happy, but my movement was at first seriously limited, and I am still not able to run yet. I continue to adjust my exercise regimen DRASTICALLY.
Now, I basically take all of the effort I used to put into exercising my body, and pour it into being PATIENT and LOVING with it instead.
I have found that pursuing alternative treatments to manage my joint pain and help me to recover not only gives me a sense of purpose but they actually work. I’ve discovered some amazing treatments and practices that would benefit many recovering from a whole variety of ailments and/or injuries.
An ancient Chinese medicinal practice, acupuncture involves a trained technician inserting needles into certain points on the patient’s body. The process is painless and bloodless; the needles simply redirect the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture has developed a great following even among medical professionals and was declared beneficial by the National Institute of Health. It can be used to manage a variety of issues such as arthritis, nausea, and, as in my case, pain.
2. Herbal remedies
Like acupuncture, herbal remedies often follow ancient traditions, such Chinese and Indian medicine. A knowledgeable practitioner can prescribe a course of treatment for you using all natural, over-the-counter herbs, teas, and supplements. I, for example, take all kinds of herbal tonics for my joints and send love to the joints as I drink them down.
Your mental state is incredibly important to your physical recovery. Even 10 minutes of meditation a day can lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, and help depression and insomnia. Facing your thoughts about your injury or illness head on, instead of pushing them aside, helps you deal with them more effectively.
4. Positive Thinking
Although we can’t control the Uni-verse with our minds, we do attract what we think! Dwelling on your condition, falling into despair or depression, will only sink you further into that reality. Take control by imagining what you want and deserve and believe that it is in the process of happening! You are recovering; you are getting better. Perhaps write a daily affirmation of health to say right before bed.
i.e., My body is always trying to correct itself and I know that powerful healing is taking place within me right now.
Every cell of my body is saying YES to life and is revitalized by the pure love and light I give my body every day.
5. Stay Active
Don’t let a setback stop you all together from being active. I may not be able to run outside right now, however, I belong to a gym and use the equipment with less joint impact. I also do yoga, swim, hike and walk – whatever your injury, there are other options to keep moving without exacerbating your symptoms. Talk to a trainer or doctor for ideas tailored to your needs.
Every day, I love my body through its process of healing. My life has changed, and while I may not know what that will mean tomorrow or even a few years down the road. What I DO know, is that I am willing to create enough self-love and self-care every day to love my body and honor it – even through limited mobility, pain, or discord.
My body is my HOME, and I love it no matter what. For today, that means that I am willing to embrace slowing down to be as STRONG as I can and to create energy of healing all around me.
What if any, alternative healing modalities have supported your health and well-being? I welcome your comments below.
Weight Release & Body Image Expert Laura Fenamore supports women around the world to love who they see in the mirror. Having overcome her own battle with addiction, obesity, and eating disorders, Laura released 100 pounds 25 years ago. She has chronicled this journey in her new book, Weightless: The Be Good To Yourself Diet. Learn more about Laura’s programs, or invite her to speak by visiting her website at OnePinky.com, her Facebook Pages and connect with Laura on Twitter.