The trauma of surgery shows up in many unexpected ways. The invasive testing, the mechanical breathing dysregulation, the abnormal positioning of head for hours to keep you from aspirating, and the trauma of the surgery itself all add up to discomfort that doesn’t always go away on its own.
Yes, it can change and we can help you recover faster and with less discomfort.
How We Help
The process of a major surgery affects more of you than the area operated on. IV’s irritate arms and shoulders, mechanical respiration disrupts the natural rhythm of the diaphragm, and then there’s all the original compensation your body built up from before the surgery while attempting to stay mobile.
We help with re-regulating breathing and linking all the traumatized body parts back together. This significantly reduces stress and pain allowing you to sleep again and move more easily.
The surgeon repairs the physical part; we enhance the recovery process by reintegrating all of your body’s systems to work with your updated body. Exercise alone does not re-establish the necessary internal relationships that help your body operate efficiently.
Some of the common events we find impacting are:
- Compensations from immobilization during and after surgery
- Trauma from the surgical equipment and body parts being pulled in various directions to create space for surgical access
- The fall or accident impact which may have led to the need for surgery
Often, we meet people post-surgery when the pain or swelling doesn’t go away. They are surprised that they improve so much in just the first session.
If all of this resonates with you, here are the next steps:
- Schedule your first appointment at a time that fits your life. Every member of the team is familiar with the stages of surgical compensations and can help you.
- Read about the first visit.
- Complete the intake information.
- Take a deep breath and get ready to feel better!
Your follow up schedule will often be 1-2 more times, spaced 3-6 weeks apart. These are 55-minute appointments. Depending upon your goals and current status, we will work with you to create a manageable follow-up plan that fits your life.
“I took hardly any pain medication at all post-surgery; just a few days of Tylenol and nothing else. Honestly, this was remarkable after a major surgery and made me happy!” Ann (44)
Read more about the many ways The Bridging Institute helped Ann before and after her surgery.
“Bottom line, what changed was that I had a faster, easier recovery time so I was able to get back to work and my daily activities.” Lisa P. (51)
Read more about the many ways The Bridging Institute supported Lisa before and after her surgery.
Cervical fusion because of neck and arm numbness resulted in our client having difficulty moving and trouble sleeping. We found the body parts were in a new arrangement post surgery and our client’s muscles had no idea of how to work together in the variety of tasks they needed to do. By gently supporting the surgical area, we helped tiny movements remember how to work, and then how to work together. Our client’s sleep improved and his functional range of motion increased.
Post-surgical swelling caused pain and challenges with sleeping for a client. There were two steps we found important to facilitate her recovery. First, restoring tiny movements in the surrounding areas of the incision so circulation and drainage could diminish swelling and aid healing. The second was weeks later after the tissue had healed, we helped reset the body by helping all movements to let go of the compensations they picked up following the surgery and during recovery.
A Mom came to see us with back pain and hip pain that seemed to have no relief. We identified that the deep scaring and resultant compensation from her C-section were involved and causing the pain. We supported the area of the scar and restored tiny movement to the area, which allowed an improved connection between her core and hip allowing the lower body to relax and move more easily. The bonus? Her forward shoulder posture opened up with the hip stress gone. She was pain free and able to enjoy being active with her children.