Last week, I wrote about how “little” injuries can affect your stress levels. This week, is a twist on that theme. But, before we start, let me take a moment to remind you that “stress” is not limited to emotional or mental stress, but includes physical stress.
Last week, I saw two clients presenting with dysfunction stemming from the scar tissue of having had c-sections.
Client I: Was referred from her chiropractor when adjustments failed to really impact her groin and leg pain. Her medical doctor had diagnosed her with bulging lumbar discs, and everyone had assumed her pain was “sciatic” related.
Her intake had me questioning whether the disc problem was contributing to her pain, and I was right to do so. By the time we were done discussing her medical history, I was convinced that much of her pain was due to scar tissue. Consider for a moment where the incision is generally made for a “bikini” c-section. Both of this client’s children were delivered by c-section. Client I is a race-walker and has competed across the country in marathons and half-marathons. She had to quit due to the pain she was experiencing in her groin and leg.
What I found was the scar tissue from two c-sections was impacting her obliques, medial hip rotators which rotate the hip toward the centerline, hamstrings and peroneals which both point the foot and flex the ankle, lift the outside of the foot and assist in preserving the arch.
Wondering how scar tissue in the lower abdomen could be affecting her lower leg? Think of ripples in a pond. I used to be fascinated as a child to watch the ripples in a pond grow after throwing in a pebble: “When it first starts, you may not even notice how that “little” injury is affecting your stress levels, but over time if not properly dealt with, the effects of that “little” injury grow . . . and grow . . . and grow . . . Before too long, that “little” injury turns into stress manufacturing pain.”
After releasing the scar tissue, I reset her pubus, rebalanced her muscles and watched her awe at being pain free in 8 years.
Client II: Has been a massage client for several years. A nurse, this client often discounts her discomfort as part of the aging process. She never mentioned having had a c-section, regardless of the numerous intakes we’ve done over the years. This week she had a new complaint which was a result of a new workstation. But, it made me wonder . . .
After asking some very pointed questions, I discovered she had a c-section on delivery, and all the puzzle pieces fell into place for me.
The complaint she came in with was in her butt. Her gluteus maximus, hip flexors, transverse abdominals and rectus abdominals all tested “off-line” or not functioning, while her obliques, gluteus medius and minimus were all taking up the slack of the non-functioning muscles.
After releasing the scar tissue the “off-line” muscles turned back on. I released the obliques and glutes, then activated the abs, hip flexors and glute max and loved her reaction to feeling the best she ever has!
Both clients had the same underlying reason for their complaints, even though those complaints were very different.
Both clients must do their homework to maintain the improvement.
Is discomfort or pain part of aging? It doesn’t have to be . . . But, that is a subject for another time.