On Wednesday night I woke up around 11:40 and could not move. My back was incredibly stiff and my legs felt a little tingly. I tried to sit up and failed. I was stuck in bed for a moment and after taking some time to ask myself, "what the heck is going on here?" I finally rolled off the bed and luckily was able to land on my feet. I had my fingers crossed that this was a dream of some sort and that if I went back to bed, I would wake up feeling like a champ. As it turns out, this was not the case!
So what happened? I am not really sure. As I think back to that day, no specific injury or tweak occurred. I swam in the morning and everything felt fine. I coached PE for a few hours and felt great. I then worked in the gym in the evening and went to bed with no signs of discomfort. Some things don't have explanations and this may be an example of one of them.
What I've Been Thinking About...
Early in the week I was talking to a father about his son who is recovering from a nasty leg injury. He mentioned that his sons ankle on the injured leg is incredibly stiff even though he did not have an injury at that site. I then shared the idea of muscle guarding. This is your body’s protective response when an injury occurs as it causes the muscles around the injured area to tighten up as a means of protecting the injured site.
A few days after that conversation, muscle guarding entered my world as the muscles in my lower back, hamstring, quadriceps, and calves got incredibly stiff post-back injury. The body has innate protective mechanisms designed to help you recover and function optimally and this concept of muscle guarding is one of the finer ones. One thing to keep in mind if you are experiencing stiffness somewhere is that the cause of it may not be right at the pain site, but rather above or below it. The stiffness may be the body's way of guarding itself from further injury, pain or discomfort!
Sticking with the Bad Back Theme...
This weeks fitness tip will involve how to handle and/or come back from an injury. To put this simply, pain sucks! It will put a hamper on your quality of life and can potentially be the cause of a downward spiral in regards to your over fitness if you let it. After waking up with my back feeling like garbage, I started to think about how I can make it feel better and here is what I came up with...
What I've Been Watching
The Super Bowl! Here are a few takeaways...
Quote of the Week
"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right." --Ezra T. Benson
I hope you all have an awesome week!