Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Holistic

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\hō-ˈlis-tik\
adjective
1 : of or relating to holism
2
: relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>

When Robb was in the early stages of recovering from his spinal cord injury, the doctors and therapists put a lot of limitations on his movement. The bone grafts in his spine had to heal, and nobody wanted to risk a re-injury.

So, Robb learned new techniques for doing things like getting in and out of bed. These techniques were meant to allow Robb a range of movement, without putting undue strain on the injured portions of his body. Robb was -- unsurprisingly -- very conscientious about sticking to the approved methods of movement.

Since the accident, Robb has put a lot of effort into trying to feel "whole" again.

And now it seems that the time has come to re-think the way he moves. Presumably, his bones have knit. And, he has come to realize that all this not moving of his torso has actually weakened the muscles of his trunk.

Perhaps this is even contributing to the discomfort he is feeling in his back. Who knows?

It is clearly time to rebuild his abdominal muscles. Robb will continue to work on his legs and feet, but not to the exclusion of the rest of his body. Time to get the parts working as a whole, again.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Insights. Hope you are prepared for the moans and groans as lazy muscles try to get back in working shape. Nothing serious, just lots of aches and pains. If pain is just part of the experience of life, he's going to live it to the full! Good on him!
Go for it Robb!
Grumpy Grinch

Anonymous said...

Physical Therapy (PT)- I am sure that Robb already know that this stands for Pain and Torture.
Larva Lady/ZelieZips

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Oh goodness! Robb's entire week is nothing but self-guided physical therapy. He long since used up what the insurance company was willing to pay for.

Anonymous said...

Laughter is the best way to strengthen abdominal muscles. This is a fact.

I suggest watching lots of the Three Stooges as physical therapy. Hows that for a low impact workout?

Annalisa

john of ginohn said...

I'm getting into this guy's whole-body, natural movement, exercise philosophy:
http://www.shovelglove.com/
All the best,
:-j

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