I think my exercise routine was cursed the moment I got my new trainers in January, 2015. I used to take my Collie for a weekly run with his lead proudly tied around my waste. Side note: If your dog chases cars and cats, then it’s best not. So picture this; cat leaps across path, dog jerks, I brace myself while the side of my waist is yanked. There’s been the odd run here and there in January 2016 saw me complete the 30 Day Shred, but after a few doctor and physio appointments with needles and and suction cups on my back, I’ve now discovered that the only person who can fix me is me and I’ve been exclusively doing it the McKenzie way until I’m back to normal health.
Obviously you’ll need doctor’s advise as I’m no Physio but after my unsuccessful physio meetings, my local GP advised me to buy and follow the exercises in Robin McKenzie’s book so my fiance treated me to the Kindle version. Note: it’s far easier to swipe a screen mid-stretch stretch than the library book I started with. But now I’ve got in to a little routine, setting a two-hourly alarm on my phone to drop everything and stretch as far as I can to repair what might be Sacroiliac Joint pain or the Piriformis muscle. No one’s formally diagnosed it, but after a few days of non-effective exercises since mine’s on one side, I’ve learnt to modify the movement which is a bit more tricky for me, I admit. Something I have learnt is that if your pain starts to travel in more than one place, you could be doing some damage. The aim is to centralise the pain and keep working on that area. And because the routines require total relaxation in the lower body, my £5 yoga mat from Primark has been a must for the knee caps but a large cushion or fluffy rug should to the trick.
I’ve also managed to pick up a brand new charity shop bargain which is a convenient lumbar spine buddy, my battery powered Homedics Back Roll Massager that sits over most chairs to correct my posture and even lays flat on my mattress. It also rolls up in to a sling-over-the-shoulder jobby, like a yoga mat. It’s definitely not the quietest or the strongest pulse, but the vibration after the exercises do leave a great tingling sensation in my back while it’s correcting my posture.
And then comes my latest purchase, my corset-like Lumbar Support belt that hugs my waist like a tight bear squeeze, knocking my posture in to place while I sit, bend down, drive my car and do all my regular stuff. Its neoprene lining also keeps my middle warm and cosy, fixed in to place with wide Velcro patches. Some might say it’s a bit intrusive and let me tell you, it’s definitely easier to wear with elasticated waists, but hopefully this won’t be forever to correct my poorly side.
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