Where did we leave off?
Most people (me) take this and stop everything completely. So we go back to the first graph. Each individual day of “recovering” must add up to enough to bump your body back on it’s normal track. But now, we have to actually recover from a major issue, not just fix daily wear and tear. That means, a lot more time waiting.
Is there a way to get that same (or more) recovery, in a shorter time frame? You would have to increase the rate of recovery, and decrease the breakdown, thereby increasing the area between the two.
And that’s where PT comes in. Exercises increase blood flow and mobility, and ART/graston/deep massage breaks up the kinks in tissue, allowing those exercises to take effect in all areas. That’s the increase in recovery rate, in theory. And the other one? Decoupling breakdown rate from training rate? That’s where the small specific strength exercises come in. As tissues/muscles/tendons/joints are made more resilient, their breakdown per unit of training decreases.
What do I like the most about this way of thinking? Agency. The idea that I have the ability to change those lines is so much nicer than just sitting around waiting. And what else? It would allow for increasing training along with the healing process.
Which takes us back to that earlier graph. The same recovery progress (total purple area) could be achieved with increased training, if you were able to increase recovery rate and decrease breakdown accordingly.
(purple area in graph a = purple area in graph b, but graph b has a higher training level).
And the happy ending. The status quo of training is raised, not only by increasing recovery rate, but by allowing more training for the same level of breakdown.
Which is all to say. I should be doing my PT exercises instead of writing this.