Holistic Recovery

You Heal You

Taylor Davidson
The Entangled Footballer

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"Sometimes it's harder to do nothing" and sometimes it's even harder to stop doing what's causing the issues, ironically.

Recovery simply is getting out of the way and letting your body do what it does best. Nowadays we are taught so many things that actually prevent healing and cause scar tissue (ice, anti-inflammation, etc) that we actually hold the body back from doing what it needs to do heal.

Inflammation is how the body heals. IT sends blood to heal the tissue. If you stop it with ice and pills, how is the body going to do it?

Below are my principles for optimal recovery that you can immediately begin implementing. These are not things you start doing after you're hurt or tired. These are things you adapt and do as much as possible so you recover optimally at all times.

Sleep in complete darkness. Use blackout curtains. You want your room pitch dark and quiet as possible with only natural sounds like wind and birds outside. Keep windows slightly open for fresh air flow. Keep room as cool as you can handle. Your body will sleep better with the temperature around 65 F. It's preferable to keep the room colder and use more blankets as opposed to a heater. Go to bed early and rise early.

All technology shut off and away as far as possible from you. Unplug WIFI router, printer, and anything else that emits a Bluetooth or WIFI signal. Also I wouldn't have anything plugged in in your room like a tv, light, or smart device. Phone in airplane mode is a must. You can use a wakeup app like Gentle Wakeup that will wake you up with nature sounds as opposed to a stressful alarm.

Go for walks barefoot in Nature. This can be on sand, dirt, grass, or any other natural ground. The best is near a ocean, stream, or lake where you can get the water on your feet as well. Walk slow and keep tension in the feet with toes retracted. A dip in the cold ocean or hot sauna can also be very helpful for recovery and optimization.

Epsom salt bath for your feet or lower body is also key for fascial recovery. 1 cup for your feet and 2 cups for your lower body. Rolling out adhesions as much as possible until they are gone is important as well. Heat is vital for any injury.

Every 12 weeks or so, you should try to get 7 days of complete rest. This means no training and no fascial work. I know it's hard to do nothing, but the fascial work we are doing is inducing heavy neurological stimulus and needs rest.This means just walking and no exercise. Light cross-training. Lots of sleep.

Eat dinner early. Eating later in the night will prolong digestion into the night and disrupt proper melatonin secretion. Aim to have dinner at the latest by 6PM, preferably 4 or 5PM.

All artificial light at night is turned off. Get some basic blue light blocking glasses to protect your eyes at night. Use code “footballentangled” for 10% off. We’ll have some luxury Entangled Glasses coming out very soon. Try to block even those little LED lights on TVs and outlets. They will harm your circadian rhythm despite being really small.

Organic clothing & bedding is very helpful in allowing your body to relax by having natural fibers on your skin and not harmful synthetic petrochemical material. I like this brand PACT.

Mouth taping while asleep is a simple way to increase your parasympathetic activation (your rest and recover mode) during the most important part of the day, your sleep. Mouth taping reinforces correct nostril breathing and jaw posture while asleep and stops mouth breathing and snoring. All you do is rip off a small piece and put it on your lips to close your mouth and take it off after you wake up. I use this tape.

Go get a foot massage or full body massage. Relax. Do the Standing Meditation.

Last but arguably most important, Meditation. This is literally how you cheat code life. More restorative than taking naps. 10-15 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon/evening. Put on some 432 hz music and lay flat or put your feet up. I do it unclothed in the sun if I have the opportunity. Just breathe in and out through the nose and let your thoughts drift by like the clouds above.

Having pain, injury, or bruised up?

Look at the level of your integration (glute connection, midline, nervous system, etc). More movement. You can push through discomfort but not pain (in the exercises). See the myofascial release, lymphatic flow, and other Working In related campuses.

Has your Inner Furnace work been slacking? Are you sleeping every night at 10PM? Are you getting multiple hours of sunlight per day? Are you eating right? Or slacking?

Are your adhesions at 0?

Think about if you have a previous injury not fully healed remaining dormant causing problems elsewhere.

Work on muscle tension with pandiculations to see if you have some unconscious muscle tension in the hamstrings or calves for example.

Have you been sitting a lot?

How long has it been since your last 1 week rest? Have you been overdoing the fascia work?

Has your sleep been good?

Any new stressors in your life?

Are you wearing cushioned modern shoes?

What to avoid

You see ice, pills, or even braces mask the symptoms (the pain) but prevent true healing. This creates more injuries in the future and more business for doctors, physios, and medication companies.

Full body cold thermogenesis has positive benefits but acute ice packs on the "pain" is where scar tissue  and long term dysfunction in the connective tissue is created.

When I say pills I refer to NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). Sadly we are taught to fear and attack inflammation. Yes chronic inflammation is not desirable, but acute inflammation to heal bone, muscle, and connective tissue is the body working.

If you need a knee or ankle brace then you're not ready to be playing. The body will use this as a crutch and acquiesce to the "support" creating weakness in the long run. Taping your ankle for a championship game is one thing but relying on tape is another. Become built different on the inside instead of relying on the external.

What does this mean?

It means you need heat. You need nourishment. You need increase your energy production. You need to help your body not hold it back.

Inflammation is how the body regenerates tissue - Dr. John Bergman

Standing Tree Meditation

The video below shows a 20 minute standing meditation. I made sure to film it all so everyone would believe it :)

You stand normally with a slight bend in the knee. Put tension into the feet by “puffing out your chest” and retract the toes. You'll know there's too much bend in the knee if you feel quad.

Begin with 5 minutes. Build up from there.

This is used as a recovery tool. It allows your body to solely tap into the fascial network in stillness. It helps to visualize ankle stiffness, fascial tension, and the full body connection as you do this.

You would do this on a day off or after a heavy workout.

Injury Care

"Everyone everywhere advises that bruises, injuries and pain should be treated with ice to reduce swelling. Firstly, consider that swelling increases circulation of nutrients to the area to cleanse damaged tissue, including cells, and heal the area. What sense does it make to reduce swelling when reducing swelling reduces nutrients and consequently reduces cleansing and healing.

Most often, when swelling and nutrients are reduced by applying ice, blood clots and scarring result. Scarring is dead mummified cells that are useless for creating energy and activity. Dead cells are dead bricks in the walls. Scar tissue reduces flexibility, agility and stamina. Most athletes who sustain an injury apply ice packs to reduce swelling and numb pain. They never heal properly and sustain multiple injuries to the same area. Many athletes’ careers end because of such improperly cleansed and poorly healed injuries. Besides poor diets, their careers are cut short by the application of ice packs.

Applying HEAT is the best remedy for bruises, injuries and pain. Heat promotes relaxation of bones, cartilage, tendons, arteries, veins, muscles, nerves, connective tissue and skin, allowing even more nutrients into the area for increased and rapid healing. Heat also reduces pain that comes from pressure on the nerves in a tense area of the body, incurring swelling.

Once the area is heated, surrounding tissues relax and pain reduces considerably. Relaxing, stretching and expanding the space between tissues with heat, relieves pain. When applying heat, sometimes tendons, cartilage and ligaments take 5-15 minutes to relax and pain may temporarily increase until those tissues relax and expand. However, usually 85% of pain is relieved within 15 minutes of heat application.

However, if pain does not reduce to bearable, it is okay to apply ice for 1 minute or less without causing blood clots. Then reapply hot-water bottle. Alternating heat and ice may be effective as long as the application of ice is less than 1 minute.

Since heating pads produce very high electromagnetic fields that alter the molecular structure of animal cells, heating pads should not be used. Microwave packs deliver radiation with their heat and alter the molecular structure of animal cells and should not be used.

The safe heating apparatus is a rubber hot-water bottle. Non-rubber, synthetic hot-water bottles have less integrity and easily burst, wetting couches, lounges, chairs and beds. Rubber hot water bottles last for many years. Since new rubber has a strong odor that many people think unpleasant, placing the hot-water bottle outside in the sun for about 3 weeks reduces or eliminates rubber odor.

The temperature of hot water bottles for contact with bruises, injuries and pain should not make skin feel burned. If you want to use hot-water-bottle heat throughout the night, heat will generate longer the hotter the hot-water bottle but wrap the hot-water bottle in a towel or flannel pillow case to prevent burn. Bruises, injuries and pain that receive heat will cleanse and heal properly and quickly without scarring if the diet is health-giving. If not on a health-giving diet, heat will still improve cleansing and healing."

Aajonus Vonderplanitz

Abrasions, Fractures and Breaks

- My following testimonial gives details about what to do after a serious accident in a foreign country, including how to handle hospitals and doctors.

   "March 9, 2007, I decided to drive a heavy Harley Davidson motorcycle in a small town in Thailand. I had not ridden such a large motorcycle since 1968. I thought that I would be safe in a small town but a group of 5 tourists stepped into the street about 20 feet in front of me without looking first. There were no intersection, crossing, drive or other signs but they crossed the street carelessly. There were cars on my right, so I could not pull to that lane and avoid hitting the pedestrians. Although I was traveling only 18 miles per hour, I did not have the experience to know how to avoid hitting them. I slammed on the brakes and skidded sideways toward them. The motorcycle fell onto the pavement on top of my right leg. The bike did not have a leg bar to prevent injury, so when the motorcycle hit pavement, my leg was caught between the cycle and pavement. The cycle pulled my leg with it while the pavement worked opposite the momentum and pulled my thigh and hip away from my lower leg. My right tibia was split from the knee to mid-shin. The backside of the tibia bone had a wedged space about 1/8-inch wide. Skin, muscle and bone were scraped by the asphalt from my right palm, wrist, forearm, elbow, upper arm, back, outside knee, lower leg, ankle and foot. I was lying on the street in excruciating pain for about 15 minutes. The pain was relentless to the point that I thought my leg had been torn from me at my knee. It took me about 1.5 minutes after the accident before I looked to see if my leg was attached to my body. It was, but looked mangled at the knee. I refused to go to hospital.

I paid a canopy-covered pickup taxi driver to transport me to my hotel. I cleaned my wounds with lime juice and coated them with coconut cream and honey. I did not have any gauze to cover and protect them so I left them open to air. About two hours after the accident, the pain had not subsided. Normally, I would not have sought medical help but I thought that my knee had been dislocated because it was mangled and excruciatingly painful. I went to the hospital to have my leg realigned. At the hospital, physicians refused to do anything until I had x-rays. I agreed to only two x-rays, top and outside views of the knee and connecting bones. After x-ray analysis, doctors said that they needed to reunite the two tibia segments and pin them together. Portions of the top of the tibia broke, splintered and logged into the femur joint concave. Doctors said that if they did not perform surgery and remove the fragments, I would never walk. Tendons on both sides of my knee had been torn completely from the bone at opposite ends of each tendon, causing lumps the size of golf balls. Doctors said that they had to reattach them or I would never be able to lift my leg at the knee.

The chief osteosurgeon planned to cut the outside of my right leg from the ankle to the hip, including muscles, reunite the tibia and pin it with 6-10 metal screws, scrape the tibia bone fragments from the femur knee joint, reattach the knee tendons and stitch the leg incision. They wanted to call in a plastic surgeon to graft skin from my buttocks and left thigh to my hand, arm, elbow and leg. Since my leg was not dislocated, I declined medical assistance, saying I was on a diet that could heal it without surgery. The main surgeon winced at my insane-to-him statement. I told them that if I could not walk in 6 weeks, I would return for their help. That placated the chief surgeon because he was certain that I would need help. I did not request nor did they offer to apply a cast. I returned to the hotel and ate a slightly different diet regimen. Instead of enjoying several small portions of different unripe fruits for my once-daily fruit meal, to help bone-healing I made a mixture of 1 cup pineapple, 3/4 cup coconut cream, 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup raw milk. I drank some of that every 3-4 hours, eating about 2 tablespoons of cheese prior to each time I drank the mixture. That regimen helped cleanse and restructure my bones and naturally mend my tendons. Plus, I drank 1 quart of raw milk daily. Because I was in the tropics and did not use air-conditioning, my meat intake was less than I eat while I'm in temperate climates. I found that most people need less meat in tropical climates if drinking enough milk. My girlfriend shopped and prepared my food for me, and helped tend my wounds.For my abrasions where skin, muscle and a little bone were scraped from my right palm, arm, back, leg and foot, I gently applied lime juice for 3 minutes. That stung terribly. Without rinsing the lime juice from the wound, I gently applied a thin layer of coconut cream.

That also stung. After that, I or my girlfriend gently applied a layer of unheated honey which also stung. We moistened cotton gauze with coconut cream and coated one side with 1/32-inch layer of raw butter to prevent my wounds from drying and gauze from sticking to my many abrasions. We loosely wrapped the leg with an Ace bandage.I experienced severe pain regularly. Any movement increased pain. I used hot water bottles to increase circulation which increased swelling and ensured increased nutrient flow to injuries. The heat also allowed every thing to relax. Pain subsided but never disappeared. Sometimes I woke to such excruciating pain that I immersed myself in a very warm bath that relaxed my entire body and I could cope with the pain relatively easily. Many times I ate unheated honey/butter mixture to reduce pain. Other times, I ate about 2 inches of unripe banana with 2 tablespoons raw butter to reduce pain.I urinated in bottles so that I would not have to travel to the bathroom. When I went to the bathroom, I traveled from my bed to the bathroom door in a wheelchair, and from the door to the toilet or bathtub with crutches. I had to sit at one end of the tub, lift my injured leg with my hands, place my leg onto the side of the tub, adjust my body, then lift my leg with my hands and ease it into the tub. For about 2 weeks, the pain was sometimes excruciating.Several times daily, usually at night, I awoke moaning or screaming. Three times I cried. The only pain relievers I consumed were honey/butter mixture and banana butter combination that usually took effect in minutes. When experiencing excruciating pain, most of the time I immediately made the challenging journey to the bathtub then immersed myself in relaxing and pain-relieving warm water.Because my right hip and buttock had sustained major bruises, I mainly lied on my left buttocks and hip.

I kept my leg raised with pillows, especially one under my knee to reduce stress at the knee. Having to sustain all of my body’s prone weight on the bed every minute that I was not in the bathtub, my left buttock and hip quickly became very sore. Because of that, for the first 2 weeks, I spent about 6 hours daily, 1-2 hours at a time in the bathtub with sea salt and 2 cups coconut cream that made my body buoyant, taking most of the pressure off my prone body and almost completely relieving my agony. Occasionally, I sat in my wheel chair for up to 30 minutes. After several weeks, I sat in my wheel chair up to 2 hours working on my computer at a desk.Because raw milk was hard to get and coconut cream was very easy to acquire and cheap in Thailand, I used coconut cream. In the USA, I would have used raw milk in the bath instead of coconut cream.An interesting phenomenon began the day after the accident. Gradually over the next 5 days, my large right thigh muscles considerably diminished to the size of my calve. From my ankle to mid-thigh, my right leg correspondingly hardened like bone that provided a natural cast, protecting my leg.Baths and changing bandagesWithin 10 days my tendons had completely re-grown and reconnected. However, my greatest pain continued to be at the points where the tendons had torn from my knee. Pain traveled from one injured sight to another. On the tenth day, I was able to leave the hotel and walked with crutches without exerting any weight on the leg. On the 12th day, I convinced the hotel owner that she could reduce the chlorine in the pool without causing algae problems to pool surfaces. She agreed and I walked at the deepest end of the pool where my body was so buoyant that my leg received very little pressure from my bodyweight. After five days the water was green with algae without affecting the pool surfaces but the hotel owner resumed full chlorine treatment. At that 16th-day, I was able to walk with crutches across the street and sandy beach to the sea. I walked about one mile in the sea twice daily at 7 am and 5:30 pm, about 1.5 hours each, exercising my leg.

At that time, I had only about 19% body fat (I like to maintain 22-25%). From the accident, I lost about 15 pounds. Nineteen percent body fat was enough to make my body buoyant, reducing my body weight in water to about 1/4. I experienced pain but not severely.  Within 6 weeks, I walked on land without crutches with some pain mainly in the knee. After 6.5 weeks in that hotel room, I returned to the USA. I resumed my larger meat consumption and drank up to 1.5 quarts of raw milk daily. Within 2 months, my body fat level was up to 22%. If I had let the doctors commit surgery, they would have cut my leg from the ankle to the hip, cut away muscle, and severed connective tissue and other tendons to get into the knee socket. I have seen many people with similar surgeries. The leg on which surgery had been performed is thinner than the other, with atrophied muscles and huge scars. Those people and others who have had less knee/leg surgery than was intended for me have not completely healed after 7 - 25 years. Since I refused surgeries, the only work my body had to do was cleanse and repair the damage, not recover from unnecessary invasive surgeries that cause 2-5 times more damage than the original injuries.

The natural cast that my body seemed to form from my thigh muscles gradually softened and my thigh muscles returned correspondingly. It has been one year since the accident. Although I cannot completely straighten my right leg at the knee, three weeks ago on a beach on Antigua island, I sprinted about 200 yards painlessly. If I run up steps 2 steps at a time, I experience a little pain in the knee. At my present rate of repair, my leg should be able to completely straighten within 4 months more."

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