Pain is Necessary to Heal


Pain is Necessary to Heal

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The pain coursed through my leg and exploded like fire deep within my damaged muscles and tendons.  Sweat poured from my forehead as I clinched the table with my fingers and held my breath until I nearly passed out.  “I know, it hurts.” The doctor stated in a matter-of-fact tone.

I could feel him dig his fingers into the side of my calf as he worked through the knots in my right calf muscle.  “There is a lot of scar tissue built up within the muscle fibers, I’m afraid.” The doctor sighed.

I squirmed on the table as he applied more pressure deep within my calf muscle.  I’m not sure how much more I can take, it’s almost unbearable.  Finally, the doctor released his grip and I felt the muscle relax as he pulls away.

“It’s going to take some time.” He declared while jotting notes in my file.  “We’ve got to breakup that scar tissue so your legs can heal, do you understand?”

“Yes.” I whisper as I attempted to recover.

Scar tissue, is my enemy.  It rears its ugly head a few times a year as I train in my quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  If not handled properly, it can cause my muscles to become injured and to not function properly.  The scar tissue suppresses my muscles and denies them the ability to recover and heal after a hard run.  In short, the pain of visiting my doctor so he can breakup my scar tissue during therapy is necessary for my body to remain healthy and active.

Scar tissue is not relegated to the physical fitness world as it’s prevalent in all facets of our lives.  Life is full of conflict and resistance that slams at us from every direction.  We cannot live without getting banged up by circumstances and every time we encounter an obstacle it leaves a “mark”.  Over time conflict becomes scar tissue that if not addressed can hinder us from being the best we can be; therefore, we must face the pain of breaking it up if we plan to move forward.  Here’s how:

  1. Recognize that you have emotional scar tissue in your life. No one can escape it, for it’s a part of the human condition.
  1. Recognize that it’s okay to feel pain when addressing the emotional areas of your life.
  1. Find someone close to you that will help you through the painful process of addressing these areas of your life. Have you ever tried to massage your on leg?  It’s not same as having someone else dig into your sore muscles.  It’s the same with the painful areas of your life.  You need someone to dig in there and help you work through it.
  1. Understand that it takes time to work through scar tissue and is something that you will need to face on a continual basis so that you can allow the good things in your life to become free of the emotional baggage that is holding you back.
  1. Recognize that healing is in your future if you are willing to face the areas in your life that causes you pain.
  1. Seek professional help, if necessary, but don’t avoid going through the process because of fear.

There is pain in life, but there is also healing to those that seek it.  Seek it.  Don’t waste another day living with a pain that is totally unnecessary and holding you back from living a full and healthy life.

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