The Body is Fascinating!
Yesterday my work day flew by in the blink of an eye. Before I knew it I was sitting in rush hour traffic on my way home.
It was an overcast day and the humidity was sky high, even for Fort Lauderdale in June. I mean 91% is a bit much to ask your makeup to hold up to, BUT I had promised Cecil I would take him for a walk so Adam and I got out the stroller.
On Sunday night Cecil went over to his stroller and jumped into it all by himself. It was the cutest thing! When I saw that I knew the stroller was a good investment. I’ve bought him many things over the years that he has ignored but this has turned out to be a winner :).
Adam said if he could ask Cecil one question it would be, “what do you think about the walks we take you on, and all the new sounds, sights and smells you experience after years of just sitting in the house?”
It’s a good question. I’m not sure what I would ask Cecil, but it would probably be something stupid like, “do you know you’re the most beautiful baby cat in the world?” He would say yes and that would be it.
We took Cecil for a quick 2 miler around the park before the heavens opened up and it started raining.
I was going to try and run yesterday, but I started reading up on scar tissue and began wondering if it’s best to refrain for a little while longer. I’ll definitely ask when I go see my PT again today.
From what I’ve read scar tissue is basically the body’s own band-aid for soft-tissue and muscle damage that can accumulate from putting pressure on our muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves over time through things like running.
Basically a collagen cast (aka scar tissue) is formed over the damaged area to prevent any more damage, and once the collagen cast is formed it doesn’t want to budge because it feels like it’s protecting the damaged area.
As the cast binds itself to our bodies it constricts movement. The binding process increases in intensity over time as we continue to put additional pressure on our muscles and tendons. This increased binding results in a decreased range of motion that locks the muscles and tends in place. Hence why, over time, my calves have felt tighter and tighter.
From what I can tell the only way to break up scar tissue, especially scar tissue that has build up over years, is through deep tissue massage so I feel like I am doing the right thing.
Isn’t it amazing how the body tries to protect and repair itself? I think it’s fascinating!!!
How has the weather been by you? Rainy?
If you have a pet, what is one question you would like to be able to ask him/her?