A week ago today I sat on the floor crying because I couldn’t find a position to get up that wasn’t excruciating. As a physical therapist it is inevitable that the professional will at some point become the patient. I’ve been there several times before. Once for a whiplash injury, another time for chronic vertigo and a third time for a shoulder problem. My last pregnancy I had a lot of pain in my back, pelvis and legs. There were many times that I could barely walk and trying to work through this was rough. I almost passed out one time from excruciating pain while walking in a store. Advice from my OB and physical therapist friends didn’t help. After several months I found a chiropractor that gave me some relief, but I was dependent on my visits and it was expensive.
This pregnancy I have had some similar pains return. However, I had a tool in my physical therapy toolbox that I didn’t have last time. It’s a tool that allows me to systematically treat myself. It doesn’t make me reliant on anyone else for relief and it doesn’t take much time. I was consistently able to chase the pain away…until last week. After running to get out of the rain on my loose preggo ligaments I really hurt myself. This time I couldn’t make the pain go away. I could improve it, but then it would return full force a minute later. I was afraid maybe this time my new tool wouldn’t work. Maybe this was it. The pain would be back like last time. I spoke to the developer of this tool and he tweaked the exercises I was doing by simply adding some additional motions to the original exercises. He also suggested increasing the repetitions and frequency. By the end of that day I was moving normally again and in mild discomfort here and there. Several days later and I became completely pain free.
Nothing compares to being able to make your own pain go away. No appointments, co-pays or pain in between visits. Just self-healing. Yes, I needed a conversation for guidance. But that was it. Just a conversation. Am I able to treat myself because of my training as a physical therapist? The answer is NO. Anyone can do this once they learn the approach. That’s the beauty. To learn more watch some of the videos on totalmotionrelease.com.