And … Stretch …

I am resolved to getting back into the routine of doing the excellent physio exercises for my back.  Thing is I keep getting resolve to do this but haven’t managed to keep it up.  So far this week I’ve done them once everyday except one so that’s pretty good going and I’m building up the repititions slowly.  They are not taxing exercises at all and are really just stretches but they help build muscle and control to support the back.

They also help stretch pretty much my whole body in places it doesn’t get stretched day to day.

I have a vague plan to work towards building in more stretches/exercises as I build my strength.  A lot of the physio exercises I have are actually based on Pilates which I didn’t realise when I started.  I have a Pilates book which the physio I saw for my neck/headaches said was excellent and she told me which exercises were ok for me to do with my back problem.  Problem is a) getting into the routine of doing it and b) understanding the instructions with my brain.

So I’ve decided to try the DVD which gives instruction on the first part of the book.  Of course I am blogging this to try and emotionally blackmail myself into sticking with this plan so that I am eventually doing stretches and exercises regularly.  I hope it works or I’ll have to hang my head in shame.

I was also just about to buy the Yoga for Fatigue book off Amazon when it told me I already bought the book last summer. Sure enough there it was sitting in the bookcase hardly looked at.  Seems I’m out of excuses, I thought to myself.  But once I opened the book I realised why I haven’t adopted it into my routine – becauase again it’s lots of words and kind of difficult for me to understand what to do.  So I’m going to have to find a way to tackle it, break it down and do it bit by bit I think.  Or maybe get Growler to read the instructions out so we can figure it out together until I’ve learnt it.  My phsyio exercises I know off by heart so I just have to get to that with these other things too.  Perhaps. Optimistically speaking!

First step is to build up to full sets of my physio exercises which actually left me stationary with fatigue this morning.  Luckily they are all lying down exercises except for the last one so I just lay there a while longer to recoop enough zip to get up again.

I also need to start doing the extra phsyio exercises for my neck and shoulders as they did really help with tension headaches and posture.

Will I keep all this up?  Maybe not.  But starting up several times a year has to be better than just not doing any of it ever. Trying to think positive and not beat myself up for what I’ve not done or can’t do.

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5 Responses to “And … Stretch …”


  1. 1 Dominique February 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I have tried over the years over and over to stick to a routine of exercise. I was an exercise and outdoor fanatic before I got sick.

    But this last year, I just gave up. I can’t keep it up and when I start it my pain goes through the roof and my energy goes the opposite way for about 2-3 weeks. I barely can make it through those weeks.

    Then if I miss one day, I’m back to sqaure one.

    Now with the latest relapse, I just can’t do it.

    So, when my energy returns and I am able, I will walk some but other than that I can’t see the positive rewareds anymore. (for me anyway).

  2. 2 rachelcreative February 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    It’s possible I’ll reach the same conclusion Dominique. It’s mainly fuelled by the improvement I’ve seen with LDN and wondering if there’s a way to maximise on that. Whether I can get stronger with LDN supporting me a bit.

    Whatever happens it’s a good idea to be doing the physio again on a regular basis. Like the specialist said I only have one back and it has to last me a lifetime.

  3. 3 Jo February 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Ah, stretching. I’m going through a bad patch of not doing it at the moment and suffering as a result. Seems I feel I’ve earned time off from it because I’m doing Tai Chi once a week! Like you I have to trick myself into it. And, like you, I have to be very careful not to overdo it. I can’t stretch everyday, but every other day seems ok.

    Good luck with it 🙂

  4. 5 hiddenlives February 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I credit having managed yoga from time to time through the years with being as physically flexible as I still am. That said though, I never found it, or any exercise ameliorated the disease symptoms for me.

    I do however, remain aware of the necessity of doing whatever it is I can manage on every day that I can manage it, simply because I dread becoming more debilitated than I must. Now, arthritis sets in as well, so more challenges just by virtue of having reached 54 (not the least of which is the challenge not to look ahead!)

    It’s a constant struggle of balance,doing what I can – when I can – and not feeling discouraged by, or afraid about, what I can’t manage.

    My friends, aged 80 and 87 respectively, manage more in a day than I do in a year – my husband makes me feel better by telling me it’s because I’m “not old enough yet.”

    Thanks for this site 🙂

    Peace.


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