Yoga for Dummies
It has been a couple of weeks now since I had a lot of back pain that was making it hard for me to stand up. I had decided it would be good for me to start doing some the stretches that I recommend to patients all the time.
I thought I would give an update on how they are going. I have never been a very flexible person and always struggled doing the sit-and-reach as part of the Presidential fitness test in grade school. It has not gotten better with time, and now it is time to be more proactive.
To spare myself the embarrassment, I decided to begin doing the stretches at home and was able to find some good yoga programs via YouTube. The internet is an amazing thing. I have tried a few different sessions with some good results, although some have been more effective than others. Through trying the different movements, I have found that I am really tight in my hamstrings and hip flexors (I knew this already), but also on the left side of my low back (I was not aware of this).
By doing some seated sidebending stretch I have been working to loosen the left side. I also have been getting some relief from the downward dog and low lunge stretches. Other than some stiffness while doing the stretches, I have not had any of the sharp pains and spasm that were really bothering me before. I even noticed feeling a little better with running this past week.
Seeing the success I have had with these stretches, it makes it easier for me to encourage my patients to keep it up.
Posted 2:54 PM
Taking My Own Advice
Sorry it has been so long that I posted anything. Things in the clinic have been really busy lately. We are hitting that time of year that sports injuries really increase as high school and college sports start up again. Marathon and Ironman training is also hitting the peak of mileage before the big events, and the body starts to break down, resulting in injuries.
And then, of course, people come see us for the random pains like the one I had this morning. I heard my wife calling for me on the baby monitor at 5 a.m. (love those early morning wake up calls — I can't wait for my son to start sleeping through the night). As I tried to get out of bed I felt a big spasm in my back, and I couldn't stand up straight no matter what I did. I struggled for about 10 minutes just to be able to not walk like a caveman and then proceeded to gingerly get ready for work.
The great thing about being a PT is knowing what you need to do when you have an injury. The bad thing for me is that I am great at giving advice, but not so great at following it. Stretching, regular exercise, and core strengthening are all recommendations that I make to patients every day. Somehow I convince myself that demonstrating a few of these exercises throughout the day excuses me from doing it myself on a regular basis.
Well, time for me to take my own advice. I think it's time for me to be consistent with a regular stretching program and maybe even joining a yoga class. (Do they have remedial yoga classes?) I'll try to keep an update on the blog on how I am doing and post some of the stretches that I feel to be most beneficial.
Posted 1:41 PM