Back Injury Update
This back injury is so frustrating. Exercise actually hasn’t been the problem. I have been able to swim, bike on my trainer, skate ski, downhill ski and even run a little bit on my treadmill. As soon as I hop in the car, sit down for an extended period of time or get on the floor to play with my kids that’s when things get all funky. This is where the stability issues become a problem. When I start to relax and my muscles aren’t engaging in any work my pelvis tips forward causing misalignment of my hips and then my SI joint gets all crazy. It’s basically a cascade effect and then the pain begins. It’s not acute. The pain twinges and sends pain into my Sciatic nerve. But its persistent. EEEK!
I know the saying “slow and steady wins the race,” applies here. I know that I just need to be patient but if you have ever dealt with this kind of injury you know how this type of chronic pain can bring you down. I also know that I need to take it a little easier on myself and allow my body to rest when it is asking for rest.
On the bright side I am learning a lot about body mechanics and how to best strengthen and exercise the areas of my body that are causing me trouble.
Here’s a run down of the muscle groups that are causing me grief:
- Tensor Fasciae Latae
- Gluteus Medius
In a nutshell, all of the muscle groups (right side) holding me together and keeping my body functioning properly for sport are very unhappy. Thankfully I am able to continue with physical therapy to learn how to strengthen these areas. My physical therapist Kathy has also been using myofascial release techniques and deep tissue massage as needed.
Today all of these muscles were tightly wound up so we skipped the exercises and massage was the prescription for the day. Now I need to be a good girl and allow my body to rest, and drink a lot of water to allow the muscles to recover.
Now I need to take my own advice and focus on the positives . . .
How has your week been? What was your favorite workout this week? Are currently battling an injury? How’s it going?
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