Turning Injury into Opportunity
Transformation Magazine|October 2016

The universe has an incredible content delivery platform to catch our attention and deliver important messages exactly when we need them most.

Lisa Cedrone

It’s called synchronicity—those meaningful coincidences that have no apparent causality here on the Earth plane.

This issue of Transformation provided the perfect example of how this works in my world. When I began editing the articles for this month, the universe seemed to magically deliver up the perfect messages from our authors to help me understand the bigger picture surrounding a recent injury and the long recovery that now faces me.

The Injury

Last spring I started jogging again after a yearlong hiatus. A struggle with hypothyroidism had zapped my energy and, after working through a natural supplement-based protocol, I was finally feeling enough spunk to put on my running shoes and ease back into my favorite moving meditation. Then I stepped it up a notch in July and decided to join a half marathon training group with friends. Six weeks into the program, I was on a nine-mile run and the top of my right foot started to hurt. At mile seven the pain became unbearable; I had to stop and then hobble back to the running store where the group meets.

Three days later I was at the podiatrist looking at an x- ray of my foot. The second metatarsal bone, which runs along the middle of the foot, was fractured. I had just struggled through a weekend in bed icing the injury, and I broke down in tears at the news that either a) I was going to have to wear a medical boot for four to six weeks to let the stress fracture heal or b) undergo foot surgery to correct the root problem and spend a total of almost eight weeks in the boot and three months sans exercise.

I also had just spent more than five months undergoing Rolfing therapy to help correct a lifelong problem with my right hip and improve my running form. Of all the bodywork modalities I have used, nothing has been more effective in correcting physical problems than Rolfing, or Structural Integration, which improves the structural foundation and overall balance of the body through the manipulation of the soft tissue, or fascia.

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