Self Care – Praise for Physical Therapists
While I was working at the University, my job was incredibly sedentary for much of the time I was there. Maybe you have a job where you sit all the time and you know what I mean. It wasn’t until I became more active across campus and began to intentionally venture out of the office that there was any movement of my body in my day.
Consequently, my lower back muscles became very weak and the abdominal muscles? Well, the word “flab” does come to mind. It’s terribly uncomfortable when you can’t stand for very long or you go through crazy contortions just stepping into your jeans.
I’m one of those very fortunate people with an intuitive caring doctor. When I was sitting in her office trying to describe these pains, she did a few diagnostics and realized that my big problem was inactivity. So she referred me to a physical therapist.
And that’s when things changed.
In only 5 visits my lower back pain has completely disappeared. Seriously. It feels like a miracle. Through the work the therapist did with me in the office and the simple exercises and stretches I do at home, the painful jabs are gone.
It makes me wonder how I let it get so bad, and how I can prevent a recurrence. Just because I don’t work there anymore doesn’t mean I can’t get buried in the computer and sit for hours.
Physical activity is an important part of self-care and I need all the reminders I can get on keeping myself from slipping back into bad habits. This is clearly an area where I need to focus, but could use your help in gathering new ideas.
How do you remember to keep active?