From CEO to Patient
Do you remember that commercial in the 90’s for the Hair Club for men? The CEO makes his pitch for you to use his company and at the end he says “I’m not only the CEO, I’m also a client.” Well, I sort of felt like him this week.
A while back I was doing planks at home to strengthen my abs. At the time my son Bradyn (3 yrs old)was extremely interested in this exercise. He soon wanted me to plank from a chair to the couch and use me as a bridge. He would crawl across my back 8-10 times and my set was over. This happened for quite some time. Then a few weeks later while planking again, without warning my son came out of nowhere and in excitement jumped from the couch directly onto the middle of my back. Remember, I am about 3 feet off the ground. I immediately had an excruciating pain in my low back. I don’t think the human body was meant to bend that way. My back was tight, I was walking slightly hunched over, and I felt like I was 80.
The next morning my Corona Physical Therapist and other employees got a great laugh over the whole situation. I decided to use it as a learning experience and see what an injured patient actually goes through during Physical Therapy. I told my Physical Therapist that I wanted to be treated like any patient that walked through the door for Low Back Pain.
Here is what happened during each visit
- I started by warming up for 10 minutes on the treadmill. My Physical Therapist let me go no faster than a brisk walk.
- Then I was stretched out for about 5 minutes. This was really painful because my hamstrings were tighter than they ever have been.
- He gave me a routine of about eight exercises that focused on my core and loosening up the lower back.
- Hands on massage was next for about fifteen minutes and that really relieved some of the pressure on my low back. During that time he also adjusted my hips and low back because my hamstrings were pulling my spine out of alignment.
- I finished up with ultrasound and Electric Stimulation and a cold pack.
- He also gave me some exercises to do at home which kept me from getting to stiff.
My Physical Therapist warned me that I wouldn’t be cured in one visit and I wasn’t. However, every session made me feel a little bit better and allowed me to return to my proper posture. It has now been two weeks and I am feeling almost back to normal. My injury is not limiting me in any way and I am confident that I will be completely healed soon.
Although I would never choose to go through this type of pain again, it has motivated me to help more people seek relief from back pain. This is something that Physical Therapy can help with.