One thing I have learned for sure: rest and recovery are crucial but total inactivity wrecks me. I have to move and and work to stay open EVERY DAY. Sitting and laying around for any length of times tightens me up like a big dog.It's better than it's been in decades but I have remember to do the things,and KEEP doing those things, that got me here.
This is different because it is just recent that I havent been forced to choose between the pain that too much joint loading( even just walking and standing!) would cause and the tightness that inactivity would. Now I don't have to choose.My increased work capacity now allows me much more activity per day and my less twisted skeleton and fascial network arent working against me so hard. But use it or lose it and so I was back in the gym this morning with my little roll out session and stick work.Getting my gymnasts body back. With ballistic swing work as my base I can still get strength without sacricing mobility.
I know the next thing to work on is getting back my squatting pattern and opening up the behind the head position has been crucial for leading up to that.Getting on the floor on a daily basis as I reclaim the ranges of motions that I had before I got injured( many many years ago) is crucial I believe, and my experiences are telling me yes as well.This goes hand in glove with my knee extension/ flexion work. As my knee and ankle open up, everything opens up. Being able to squat again, even with bodyweight, for reps is going to be a BLAST and will move my work capacity up another BIG notch when I can do it. When I get my knee replaced it will go up again.
And the better I get the more it seems that ANY restricted joint is going to cause major problems at some point in time.It truly is an interconnected web, this structure of ours. Keeping an ongoing,daily assesment of the major ROM's and immdiate repair of restricted roms before loading is a critical part of prehabilitation work. You gotta keep your eyes open.
I have always done this with my clients but never really applied it to myself. Well things are definitely different now.