In case you think that we posture people never injure ourselves or have pain, I have a story for you…
I was cutting firewood last week-end, moving logs so I could cut them with my trusty hand saw. Some of you might even be happy to know that while moving a particularly large log, I felt my low back strain, and being a guy, I had to finish my task so I just kept going the rest of the afternoon. By the end of the day my left low back was screaming at me and I could hardly straighten up!
Now, here is where doing what I do gives me an advantage. Unlike most people, I did not reach for the Advil or think that I had herniated a disk nor think I should just take it easy and go to bed. I got down on the floor and did my menu – 10 Egoscue e-cises and my back felt 75% better! I did supine groin stretch, had dinner and then went to bed.
Next morning, I was still stiff and it was difficult to bend over. I poured my coffee, had some breakfast and did my menu again. Again, I felt much better and went on to work. Throughout the day I felt some twinges in that same spot and when I could, I did a few simple e-cises. When I got home, I did a couple of e-cises, did the tower and then off to bed.
Upon waking on day two, my back was stiff again but less than before. I did my menu and the pain was gone! Throughout the next day, I moved around as usual, bending, twisting – no pain. One and a half days after straining my back and its back to normal!
That’s how resilient the body is when you give it half a chance! We all like to do different things and in doing those things, stuff may happen. If you are doing your menu fairly regularly, you have the tools to handle most any kind of problem that can occur.
Believe in your body! It has an amazing inherent strength and ability to heal. Trust your intuition about what you can do to help yourself – as you listen to your body, you will begin to know. If something like this happens to you and you’re not quite sure what to do, give us a call and we’ll direct you. This is where we can help. That’s what we do – give you the tools to re-connect with your physical self, get yourself out of pain and believe in your body.