The blood of the wound contains the healing. When the barrier is broken, an orchestrated cascade of biochemical events is set into motion to repair the damage. This process is divided into predictable phases: blood clotting (hemostasis), inflammation, tissue growth (proliferation) and tissue remodeling (maturation). —Wikipedia
- Those done in emergencies and life threatening situations such as following gunshot wounds or car accidents;
- Those done because two or three doctors have agreed that they are necessary if the health and the quality of life of the patient is to be improved. There is usually time for the patient to rest, attend to nutrition and prepare;
- Elective surgery such as joint replacement, which may or may not be necessary and which also leaves preparation time; and
- Bonnie-labeled “designer” or “routine” operations. These are the ones that everyone gets this year. In the olden days it was appendixes, tonsils and adenoids. More recently, carpal tunnel, arthroscopy, and back zippers.
- We need a level of fitness to meet and recover from emergencies. If you have been practicing good nutrition and common sense exercise programs your chances of recovery are not only better, but sooner. Everyone is aware these days that the less time you have to spend in a hospital the less chance you have of catching something you didn’t go in with. Home has good food. Home lets you rest throughout the night. Home has familiar noises, pets, plants, and loved ones.
- If you know you are headed for surgery then prepare extra by removing the trigger points, relaxing the muscles, putting them through full range of motion often, and using the water to help maintain strength, flexibility and good circulation. See my blog Muscles are Our Biographers, November 2015.
Pain from wounds (operations are wounds) grows in intensity if left unaddressed. As the pain increases, it begins to spread to areas other than the assaulted tissue. Make sure you have arranged for caring folk who can speak up for you immediately when post-op meds are needed. Meds have their time and place. Use them wisely against post-op pain, tension, and fear.
- Move. Even if it is just your little finger to begin with…or your big toe. See my blog, Action: The Secret to Successful Aging, September 2013.
- Have someone remove the trigger points from the surrounding areas. When Bonnie had her hips replaced we started in her feet and worked up to her hip. Faster healing and a quick return of strength, flexibility and proprioception was the result… and that was the OLD hip replacement operation. She was back on the gym floor in six weeks. See my blog, Hip Replacements and Other Spare Parts, August 2015.
- Get back into the water as soon as your wound has healed. Your muscles will respond wonderfully and painlessly as you rebuild your strength and flexibility.
You can’t protect yourself from the unexpected but you can prepare so that your comeback is guaranteed to be faster. Start now.
For detailed instructions on how to find your trigger points and prepare and recover from your operations more quickly, see Pain Erasure The Bonnie Prudden Way and Myotherapy: Bonnie Prudden’s Complete Guide To Pain-Free Living.
You can also learn techniques for working your upper body to help promote relaxation and pain relief before and after surgery by watching this video of Lori Drummond demonstrating Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy techniques for the shoulder.
For more information about Bonnie Prudden®, Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®, workshops, books, self-help tools, DVDs, educational videos, and blogs, visit www.bonnieprudden.com. Or call 520-529-3979 if you have questions or need help.
Enid Whittaker, Managing Director, Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®