So, this weekend I’m off on a CPD course for pregnancy. I’m really looking forward to this as it should help teach us more techniques to look after you all. Did you know 2/3rds of pregnant women experience back pain, which gets worse as the pregnancy progresses? It’s also the sacrum that moves to allow the baby to pass through during birth so it’s no wonder we can suffer for a while afterwards.
All the research shows that while we as a profession can’t stop the pain from coming, we can help you manage it. I’ve seen many clients over the years and helped them with the aches and pains of pregnancy, and have also been personally able to relate to them. The modalities we use include massage, acupuncture, stretches, Pilates, even sessions with Joe the personal trainer have helped. So really, this is just to let you know, we can help you, and you don’t have to suffer during or after your pregnancy. And if childcare is an issue you can always bring them – All the staff love babies! (Even though mine cries a lot!)
Ok, so for the past six weeks I’ve waited patiently to see an orthopaedic surgeon on the NHS. I was seen by one of the top specialist in Wales, in whom I have placed all my hopes in to make me better!
We chatted about my knees for a while, and he gave me a thorough examination including my hip and spine, where a lot of knee pain and be referred from. Pain that travels is usually a sign that it might not be your knee playing up, so if your therapist is checking other parts of your anatomy, don’t worry, they are just doing a really thorough job. I always tell my patients the nerves are like tree routes. They come out of your spine and travel down your limbs in a certain pattern. If something is irritating that tree route (nerve) at some point, it can be felt anywhere along that route (nerve).
Anyway, the next phase is in 6 weeks for some x-Rays so we can see what’s going on. I know we are making progress but my hopes of running a marathon this year is slowly disappearing.
I’m booked in to see Amy on Friday in Chester for more acupuncture as getting down stairs is almost impossible at the moment.
So, the scales are still broken, honest they are, and I’m still sulking. Anyway, as we have invested in spin bikes and now offer spinning, the hubby talked me into joining in one of the classes….. Now, I’m not going to lie, I would rather poke my eyes out with sharp sticks than join in a spin class, all that shouting, aggression, peddling and going nowhere. So as you can imagine, this took a lot of bribery and a negotiation from the hubby; a meal out to the pub and him putting both children to bed… twice! Night duty was one stage too far, but I still had to try it! Because of the movement, spin would also not aggravate my knees. As a non weight bearing activity, it would help increase the blood flow to my knees without causing more damage to them or pain as a weight bearing activity would.
However, it was actually good fun! Hard work, but fun. There was no aggressive shouting, and as the group is a small one with a max of five people in a class, it was actually friendly, non competitive and a good laugh. Would I do it again? Maybe? However, I’m not sure I would get the same level of negotiated benefits out of it!