At the end of January I wrote about having an injured deltoid muscle, at which time I felt both vulnerable and grateful. I am happy to say that my deltoid muscle is well on the way to recovery though not back at full strength.
I am less happy to report, however, that my right traps area is miserably tense. Opposite side of body to the original injury, flaring with its own issues. Did I compensate unknowingly for my other injury? Does my right side want some attention? Is it a message? Is it a repetition?
I’ve seen this scenario before. After my (left) back surgery for a herniated disc in 2007, my (right) neck/traps muscles went into terrible spasms and caused me far more grief than the ruptured disc ever did. I recovered after months of acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage.
I’m not having such severe spasms right now, but the tension is high and the pain is familiar. I don’t want to complete the cycle by matching the 2007 problems. So I’m acting fast to interrupt the escalating problem. That means another round of treatments: physical therapy (Wednesday) and acupuncture (Thursday). It also means less time on the computer, so I’ll keep this short.
I’m also committing to more meditation and quiet reflection. Perhaps I will learn something about why my muscles are making such a fuss.
In case you’d like to join me in quieting your breath, your mind, and your muscles, here are some images from a recent walk. Perhaps you will find them soothing, as I do.
What do you experience when you look at these photos?
Questions for Reflection: Is there any part of you that needs healing? Have you ever repeated a pattern in your body? What did it tell you? How do you respond to your body’s messages?
Writing Prompts: “When I think about taking time to stop and reflect, I am aware of ______” (then keep writing); “My body tends to get stressed when ______” (then keep writing); “I know I need to slow down when ______” (then keep writing); “The best thing I can do for my body and spirit is ______ (then keep writing).