Oops! Wrote this ramble ages ago (Aug 6) and couldn’t get online at the time… here it is anyway:
Well, second treatment, and I have to admit I’m familiar with this place… this is where we start to explore just how much the ‘presenting issues’ connect up with everything else that’s going on in a bit more detail. One of the things my accident definitely did was to knock back and change the nature of whatever has been going on in my back, which now has a really pronounced kind of ‘S’ shape. John identified particular muscles (Lower Trapezius Muscles)
just below my shoulder-blades that are barely there at all, and certainly not doing much… no wonder, why should they bother, when everything has been so locked up both above and below them 😉
From past work with both tai chi and bodybuilding, I’m used to being able to identify and work specific muscles fairly easily, so it was very weird to be given an exercise to do on muscles which I am, even while trying to do it, barely aware of at all. I can’t remember what it’s called, but something about a diamond I think, lying on my front and putting thumb and forefinger together in front of my face, then gently raising my upper body off the… whatever I’m lying on… and thereby hangs the second problem. A bed’s too soft, and most of the places I live and work do not have firm surfaces you’d particularly want to put your face anywhere near!! Uh-oh… time to go buy a yoga mat I think.
Meantime, I keep trying to remember (every 10 minutes… or couple of hours if I’m on the computer!), instead of lifting my head, to relax the neck, gently draw my shoulder blades downwards, and allow my head to rise up and back by itself. I’ve no idea if it’s doing the job, but I guess I’ll find out next appointment, in about 3 weeks’ time. 🙂 I also saw my osteopath again, who had a lovely time continuing John’s work releasing various bits of my spine (a machine-gun rattle of clicks!) and even giving me a significant increase in neck rotation… at cost of considerable discomfort for the rest of the day, since the muscles were clearly then having to work harder to hold my head up! It’s all a learning journey. Off to find a good masseur now methinks, to see if there’s some way of persuading my neck and shoulders to lighten up.
Meantime, still ‘flossing’, and dancing again on Tuesday… looking forward to stil more freedom and confidence there 🙂 Friday classes restart in September, so a great incentive to keep doing all these exercises…
UPDATE (Aug 15): Ankle still pretty sore, although confidence on it better than it was. Thinking of bringing next session forward a bit…