The first time I ever heard of physiotherapy was when my granny suffered a frozen shoulder and my mum brought her for physiotherapy sessions until it was healed.
Since then, I’ve always associated it with grannies and other elderly people. Now I know it was a false association. Well either that, or I’m really getting older fast!
I ushered in the second day of Chinese New Year by seeing a physiotherapist for the first time.
That old twinge behind my right shoulder blade started acting up again, and since it’s the third time it’s showed up in the last 6 months, I decided to see someone about it. So I got the contact for the clinic where everyone at the studio goes to, and they happened to be open even though it was Chinese New year when practically every clinic in the country is shut.
According to the friendly physiotherapist, the upper portion of my thoracic spine is noticeably stiffer than the rest of it, and the connecting muscles are the ones which are sore. I haven’t pinched a nerve or pulled any muscles, because it would be extremely painful and since I didn’t scream or pass out when she dug her elbow into my back, there’s been no muscle pulling. Phew!
So the good news is that my nerves and muscles are fine for the most part, and that I just need to work on increasing my upper-spinal flexibility. (She showed me how to roll around on a foam roller or rolled-up towel, since I don’t have one)
Huh. I always thought I had as super-bendy back, but apparently that’s only my lower back and the upper portion is still stiff as a disco-dancing robot.
She did assure me that there’s nothing actually wrong with my spine or back, it’s simply that, “Because you’ve chosen to get fit by pole dancing, your spine now needs to increase its flexibility to keep up with what you want it to do.”
“But I’m sure it’s worth it!” She added with a knowing chuckle.
Her parting instructions to me were to resume my pole training and continue stretching out my upper back the way she showed me to.
While I’m really dying to get back to class, I’m not actually sure if going back so soon might cause more damage or not.
Sigh, we’ll see how it goes.