Stretch, Stretch and stretch some more!!!
by Lieann Sep 3rd 2012
About 2 years ago I damaged my back badly whilst lifting a large tent out of my roof box and twisting. I ended up with a severe circular prolapsed disc at the base of my spine. Since then I have had 2 flare ups, one last year in June that put me out of action for a while and then at the end of the year following a 2 month chest infection with a lot of coughing I managed to put it out again.......6 sessions of traction later and I managed to walk without looking like a decrepit OAP.
To aid my progress in getting my back into shape I took up Pilates last year and got into the pool in January to swim. I used to train regularly years ago and I would religiously stretch after every session and I do this now without fail.......except for last Thursday :(
Went for my first proper run, did some interval training and took the dog with me. Was really pleased with my progress as I have avoided high impact exercise until now wanting to get fitter and stronger first. When I started to get tired in the legs I used my arms to propel me along which really worked. I was so chuffed with myself that when I got in I totally forgot to stretch and just started sorting dinner out and doing normal chores around the house. I woke up the next morning completely tied in the mid back region and could barely take a breath without it hurting.....and I was majorly annoyed with myself.
So I have had to go 3 days waiting for my muscles to sort themselves out, taking ibuprofen and getting my husband to rub my back before I could do anything. So STRETCH I TELL YOU!!!
Managed to get into the pool this morning and do 500m FC and have been on a 10km bike ride this evening and so far so good. I always do my stretches in the pool before I get out, even though I always feel like I look like a bit of a numpty as I never see anyone else doing it.....but if it stops me from tying up and helps my back a numpty I will stay.
Happy stretching people!! :)