On Sundays, please enjoy the Retro Throwback where I share my favorite posts from some time ago.
You might recall I recently hurt my back doing back bends. This is an ongoing saga. It is getting better, but good grief would I like it to end!
A few days after I hurt my back I had a massage. My therapist and I first assumed I had torn something, but that turned out to not be the case. At the end of 90 minutes he wasn’t sure what I had done, but the good news is that the massage helped. Within three days I had almost no pain. And then, five days after the massage, I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up in the middle of the night, decided I was too lazy to walk up the stairs, and went back to sleep.
In the morning the pain was back, and it was worse than before. I wanted to cry. I also headed on in to acupuncture.
Acupuncture was an interesting experience. I had needles mostly in my back and in a few spots on my legs. My acupuncturist reported to me that the skin around one needle (where I had the most pain) immediatly turned pink as soon as he put the needle in. Another needle burned. I have never had a burning experience in acupuncture before.
I left acupuncture and about six hours later was in yoga. Everyone agreed that moving was good for me. I could do anything that didn’t cause pain. Why not keep going to class? I saw no reason to stop even if some of my postures were extremely limited (and trust me, they are very limited right now in terms of depth, but who cares?).We were in the second set of wind removing posture (final part) when it happened. I had both legs pulled into my chest. It didn’t hurt, but I felt this need to release them. As I did my back made a loud POP! that completely freaked me out. I knew it was either very good or very bad.
Luckily, it was very good.
The relief that came over me was insane. My back felt soooo much better right away and for the rest of the night. The pain was still there, but it was greatly diminished. The next day the pain was still present, but better, and a new level of soreness had crept in making me think I had likely had a pinched nerve. And then things started getting better.
After two days with no class I returned to find my range of motion had improved. Probably no one else would have noticed this, but I did! And the popping came back, but this time in triangle. I didn’t get the same sense of relief this time around. This second pop was just as loud, and just as prevelant, but not as noticeable in terms ofpain relief. Probably because the pain was already way down.
Things are looking up! I can do sit ups again, and I can almost grab my foot in SH2K. The other day I did camel with no pain (camel actually feels very, very good. go figure).I’ll have more to say about this whole practicing with a back injury thing in a future post. But the lesson for now? If you can go to class GO TO CLASS. Go even if you cannot do whatever it is you are used to doing. It is better than sitting at home. It is definitely better than sitting at work.