A curved back, squinty shoulder, wonky posture and incredibly painful headaches…
This is how I would have described what I now know to be the effects of scoliosis I developed in my teenage years.
Aside from starting to become aware of hunching over my desk, the pain in my back soon became almost too much to handle whenever I tried to straighten up. It started creeping into my lower back but I can still recall the pain shooting all the way up into my neck and shoulders.
After finding myself being thrown into the side of a hockey pitch during an aggressive tackle at the age of 15, I found myself nursing a sore shoulder and needing to be sent off to recover.
At the time, I didn’t realise quite what I’d done, it just felt like I’d been thrown against the wall pretty hard but I could still move my arm. On the bus home, I remember it starting to ache and then go completely numb.
Fast forward a few days and I could no longer move my arm, something wasn’t right. This prompted my first visit to see a physio and get a proper assessment. It was really no surprise when I learned I’d displaced my shoulder but I had no idea how bad my posture was when he looked over my spine.
After some heat therapy and mobilisations, I was advised to perform some stretches and movements to help it recover. And I didn’t really think much more about it after it started to heal.
Fast forward a few years and the back pain returned. This time I went to see a chiropractor who performed a few quick checks on my spine then gave my back a good crack in several places.
The pain subsided but I remember a week later, the pain returning much worse than before. My muscles had completely stiffened up and I could hardly move.
I was reluctant to return but I’d been advised I needed at least 5 more sessions to see any permanent improvement. More sharp cracks and more stiffness followed, it was becoming more and more difficult to get a decent sleep and the headaches were getting worse.
After the 4th session, I told him I wouldn’t be coming back.
No more treatment for a few years and slowly the pain subsided on its own.
Then I sustained another shoulder injury while dragging a casualty out of the pool during a training session, being a lifeguard had its own hazards.
This time, a friend told me about osteopathy and I visited an osteopath. He took an entirely different approach and stretched my muscles while perfoming some gentle manipulations on the joints. I have to say this greatly improved my posture and for the first time, I noticed how tall I was with a straighter spine! He then recommended sports massage which I booked with a local therapist at the gym and she was wonderful.
After working for several years in a corporate office job and noticing my posture further deteriorating, I decided it was time to return to education and study more about anatomy and physiology. Not just for my own personal rehab experience but because I wanted to continue to pursue my own professional development as an athlete.
Before I knew it, I had completed my Personal Training certifications and enrolled myself on a DIploma in Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy, noting many similarities and crossovers in the techniques used in osteopathy.
To my amazement, I was able to help others experience almost instant relief from agonising nerve and back pain using the techniques I was learning in my studies.
I realised at that point I had found something very special, and that this was an amazing opportunity to start a new business venture which could really help people.
This is how I began my journey with Fitness Is My Life, sharing my knowledge and manual therapy skills to assist my client’s in their performance and recovery.
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