I have maintained for a very long time my conviction about healing cycles and how they apply to PE.
Recently one of my sons was at a local hot springs nearby in the mountains and upon entering the water lost his balance a little and stepped on a stick that was submerged. It cut the bottom of his foot. The gash was 5” long and ran between the inside of his instep and the first toe next to his big toe. It went deep enough to cut his big toe’s main tendon by 90%. The subsequent surgery pulled it all together again but the reason I bring this up is what his surgeon said about his main toe’s healing. He said that he didn’t want him to use his foot at all for the first 3 weeks and after that only lightly. One of the principles he gave my son was his description of the condition of the tendon while healing. He said that in the first two weeks the tendon would get soft and very weak. He didn’t want any strain on that area until the tendon began getting harder or tougher.
My point in telling you this is to point out how tendons are very similar in tissue characteristics to the ligaments we work on here. When we stretch our ligaments and we get some swelling from the damage we’ve created we are in effect doing the same thing was having corrective surgery. The more important point here is that during the healing cycle is when we want to remain stretched. It is when the body is in the first stage of healing when it brings in enzymes and proteins to accomplish clean out of the damaged tissues but also extra fluids to facilitate the process, hence swelling. If we apply stress to that ligament to keep it elongated during that phase of the healing cycle then we enable the elongation of that ligament by disallowing it from the last and final stage of healing which returns the ligament to it’s natural original length. The last stage is where we need to concentrate on retaining the length we’ve created.
Perspectives and comments welcome.
11-2004 BPEL:8.25x6.25 . . 9+ by Spring is the goal AIR CLAMP
Now BPEL:8 5/8 x 6 5/8 PE Weights
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