Well I wrote earlier about my self therapy plan for a fast recovery of two physically impeding injuries I incurred during a hiking trip to the Adirondacks.
I can now say with ABSOLUTE certainty that my self therapy has been EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE!
A Quick Backstory…
I had tripped and fallen off a short cliff about 10ft down and 15ft out right on top of my head. After bandaging up my head I hiked out another 2 or 3 miles out of the mountain to the car and then another hour to the ER.
I ended up having severe whiplash – like symptoms in my neck (falling directly on top of your skull will do that) and could not move my head from side to side AT ALL and had a large swelling the size of a crab apple right above my left kneecap.
I had 3 weeks to heal to the point where I could sit in a cramped car and hike at least over 10 miles in a day. Two friends and I planned a road trip to see the Badlands and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, plus the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. We had done a similar trip last year for other National Parks and I knew a lot of hiking was in store for me.
I rested for a week with some light stretching and cardio to keep my muscles warm and limber as possible and then for two weeks straight I engaged in some aggressive self therapy so I could keep up with my friends on the road trip.
I have to admit I was a little nervous about how the neck and knee would hold up but I put it under heavy stress and they both held up admirably.
I was in a cramped car for 26 hours straight and although my knee got very uncomfortable at times, I was in no pain.
I hiked close to 30 miles in two days at Grand Tetons National Park and I had no problems with the knee and just some minor muscle spasms in my neck from carrying a backpack.
Overall I hiked close to 50 miles during the 10 day trip and didn’t have any problems with my knee until the very last hike backpacking out of the back country in Yellowstone National Park.
When I did have problems with my neck I had enough foresight to bring my Bodybackbuddy to help me massage out the hard knots which helped quite a bit.
I’m not even taking into account all the nights spent on a mat in a tent for almost two weeks! Plus the 36 hour drive back from Yellowstone Park!
Do I still have some issues with my neck and knee? Yes, it’s not completely healed but my rehab self therapy was effective enough for me to enjoy my awesome vacation and not hinder my friends good times!
To read about how you can rehabilitate quickly from whiplash symptoms read my post here!