My physical therapy session yesterday went better than I ever could have imagined!
I learned some GREAT tips to reduce the pain and how to live my life from now on without hurting my back again. The first thing she did was check out my posture while I was standing and while I was sitting. It turns out I have a very hyper-mobile back and because of years of dance training and my own natural tendencies, what I thought was “sitting up straight” was really arching my spine backwards.
I was sitting like the person on the right. When she adjusted my spine to neutral position, I told her, “I feel like I’m slouching!” She said it’s very common to feel like that for the first few weeks while my brain adjusts to my new normal, but that I’ll get it figured out. I may feel like I’m sitting like the woman on the left, but I’m really right in the middle!
All this postural work applies to my standing and walking as well. I have to focus on my core muscles pulling my pelvis forward instead of allowing that swayback, because that puts all the pressure from every activity I do right where the defect in my spine is.
I am so relieved to know all this information!! I ALREADY feel so much less pain and my attitude has flipped 180 degrees. When doctors told me this problem was something I’d have to manage my whole life I though they meant it would always hurt and I’d just have to deal with it. What this therapist explained is that isn’t true, I CAN do everything I did before this but I just have to always be aware of my posture and make sure my core is always strong.
PSH. That’s nothing!! Of COURSE I can do that!! I’m going to do all the exercises she gave me exactly how she tells me to, keep focusing on my posture, and do everything she tells me to get rid of this pain.
She’s also going to teach me how to do my workouts with this new posture so that I can still push myself really hard without pushing myself into an injury.
Sorry if this is a word heavy post, I just feel so happy and relieved and I’m finally 100% confident that I will get my old life back. Or rather, I’ll get a new and improved life with better posture, a stronger core, and no more back pain! I’d say that’s a pretty good deal. Hope your week is going as well as mine!