Today I experienced first hand just how important movement is in helping manage pain.
Some of you may be able to relate to my story.
Yesterday I hurt my back during a training session, I’m not exactly sure when I hurt it as the onset was slow but as I left the gym I could feel it growing on me. I ignored it at first but as the evening wore on it started to feel pretty bad bad. Sitting on my couch I could feel it every time I moved and I was afraid to sit up or move. I put it down to fatigue and went to bed hoping it would be fine in the morning.
When I awoke the next morning and it had not gotten better, and I felt a shooting pain in my lower back every time I leaned forward. Not enough to make me feel sick but enough to catch my breath. As I tried to get ready for I was feeling pretty anxious about the day ahead. I have to teach people how to move better and I was unable to reach my feet without a very noticeable wince, even with bending my knees. Walking was ok although I imagine it looked like I sat on a very long poker, I felt stiff and terrified to move in the wrong way.
I would show you a video but I really wasn’t up for filming myself in the state I was in.
Time to start practicing what I preach.
I spent a little time searching out pain free movements, slowly trying to do things that didn’t aggravate me in any way, and I started to find things I could do, and then I found more. It’s like the fear I had built up was completely irrational, my brain locked me down to doing nothing just in case anything hurt. In the back of my mind I was thinking spinal injury, and thoughts like that will stop you moving pretty damn quick.
As I searched for and found positive movement experiences that reinforced the notion that I wasn’t broken, that my body is strong, resilient and capable my capacity to move came back to me and so I started filming. This truly felt incredible after what I felt in the morning.
I have been using movement to help people in pain for a quite a while now and I’ve seen it work wonders. I have seen huge transformations in really short spaces of time and I know quite a lot of my clients can testify to this.
Today I got to experience the effect of movement on pain myself and the relief I felt in that session was incredible. I cannot understate the importance of movement training in the role of pain management, if you’re in pain and afraid to move, please get in touch as I can really help you get your movement back.
Thank you so much for reading