In Norse mythology, Thor is a god associated with thunder, lightning, and storms. He’s the symbol for strength and the protection of mankind. He also wields a hammer that mere mortals cannot pick up. If Thor were real, he’d walk around Earth and never get hurt. We all want to think we’re Thor, but we’re not.
We’re human with all the flaws that come with being human. We make bad choices and we get hurt. We don’t listen to our bodies and sometimes walk around with pain. Even me!
For the first time ever, I’m in physical therapy. I strained my MCL and hurt my knee. Some of you may have seen me walking gingerly trying not to limp, or seen my knee brace. I waited almost two months before I went to the doctor.
Why am I telling you this? I think it’s because I want you to know that even though I’m a massage therapist, I couldn’t fix this alone. I needed a proper diagnosis and subsequent physical therapy. And that’s okay! I might be a muscle expert and can help others in pain, but sometimes I need more than a massage, or three. Sometimes I need a doctor.
I urge you to listen to your bodies, and when you’re in acute pain and have trouble getting around, make an appointment with your physician. You’ll be back to protecting mankind in no time.