Injury Is Not Destiny: The Road to Healing

When we are injured, we tend to think about what we can't do. Nature, on the other hand, moves quickly to initiate healing. The self‐repair process is spontaneous, natural, and seeks no direction from us.
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Injuries Happen
And it usually happens at the worst possible moment -- everything is just hunky-dory when out of the blue, something tragic happens (this is a truism; when you get hurt, it's NEVER at a good moment). An injury makes you feel like all your progress has been trashed, and your whole motivation gets crushed to bits.

But when you get bucked off a horse, you get back in the saddle right? Yes, yes you do! An injury doesn't mean quittin' time. It means it's time to get tough and smart, so you can heal the injury faster and keep your progress perpetual.

When we are injured, we tend to think about what we can't do. Nature, on the other hand, moves quickly to initiate healing. The self‐repair process is spontaneous, natural, and seeks no direction from us.

Everyone Can Heal
Not everyone heals at the same rate; however, recovery is actually based on action and the time differences are usually because of differences in behavior (of course, the type and severity of the injury). Our contribution during this time, is incredibly important. Life‐supporting changes made in response to an injury can strengthen our entire muscular skeleton and often reduce the likelihood of future injuries.

Living an Active Life
I strive for optimum health and wellness and meet any challenges with an attitude of optimism. That doesn't mean I don't become discouraged, it means I let myself feel the physical and psychic pain and then move past it.

As a matter of fact, it is my encounters with trauma; being hurt, experiencing pain, and then recovery, that led me to be able to understand and help people traverse the recovery process.

The traumas I experienced enhance my wellness level and my compassionate awareness of how difficult recovering can be. It can be daunting to endure a setback and participate in your healing.

As you age, some of your parts don't necessarily wear out. But older adults do have both an increased rate of trauma and an increased predisposition to injury from even minimal force. A fracture can be a devastating blow to your health and independence, decreasing functional status and quality of life permanently. Understanding the risk factors for injury, the differences in the type of injuries, and possible injury management strategies are important to optimize care of ourselves. (Source)

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As a wellness coach, I am an enabler, predisposed to look at the bigger picture of health and wellbeing. This means accepting and meeting you where you are today, guiding you to do work that builds confidence and uncover your natural impulse to be well. It includes addressing your mental and physical health together to draw a realistic, personal wellness blueprint, set goals and acknowledge small victories. I help you lay the foundation for harnessing your strengths to overcome your obstacles and guide you in viewing obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow.

And as an aquatic fitness trainer, I create an enjoyable, challenging workout that benefits both body and soul. Regardless of your age, fitness level, or gender (really!), you get a great workout in the water. Additionally, the properties of water are why participants feel so good after a class -- your body is refreshed rather than exhausted. Aquatic workouts are also fantastic for people recovering from injuries -- they allow you to strengthen your muscles without stressing vulnerable joints.

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