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My First Physio Experience #02

2nd Appointment  – 45 minute assessment 

Bridge pose - rolling from hips onto shoulders
Bridge pose – rolling from hips onto shoulders

We started the assessment with John redoing similar tests to my first appointment to strengthen his analysis and all the exercises gave the same results.

John used various techniques to determine my flexibility and movement range whilst talking me through everything he did. The best thing was comparing how I was at the beginning of the appointment to how I was after the 45 minutes. I started the appointment with stiffness in my right side with limited flexibility. He located where all the stiffness was in my back and then eased my spine by clicking it and releasing the pressure in several locations. Immediately we tested my leg flexibility and it was absolutely incredible to see the difference. I could move so much more and without pain or feeling weak.

It seems that years of my parents telling me to sit up straight fell on deaf ears as my posture has slumped, this could also be due to having a desk job for so long. John showed me ‘dynamic sitting’ which enables me to focus on how I am sitting at my office chair and adjust myself accordingly. Immediately I feel my core engaged and I feel taller and less slumped. The really helpful advice is to imagine lifting the label in the back of your shorts, it helped me roll my pelvis forwards whereas when I slump it just rolls back.

My homework is to continue with dynamic sitting and trying to think about how I am sitting every 20 minutes at work. Additionally I need to practice laying on my back and rolling back to my shoulders joint by joint into a pilates bridge and back down again. My first couple of attempts are shaky and my balance was all off but hopefully if I do at least 30 of these every evening I will improve.

My First Physio Experience #01

1st Appointment – 20th April 2016 – Open clinic

In this picture; tight muscles and ligaments on the front of the LEFT thigh are forcing the spine to overwork
Running biomechanics causing knee and hip pain

My first ever physio appointment was a real eye opener.

After putting up with sharp right knee pain during running for over 4 years I thought it was finally time to have it assessed. After spending 30 minutes with John he had assessed me and discovered that it is lack of flexibility in my right hip that has caused lower back pain, knee pain and general leg weakness.

I was amazed to see the differences in both legs in terms of strength, flexibility, stiffness and movement. I was very impressed and keen to have my next session as soon as possible to find out more.