All I heard was no running. No. No. No running.
PT: I don’t want you running until your back is healed.
Me: What about on a treadmill?
Me: What about a speedy walk?
PT: No. In fact, I don’t really even want you walking up big hills.
Me: What about on grass?
Me: Ok – well, I’m going to the beach on Thursday and my favorite thing to do is run when the sun rises along the beach. The sand is forgiving. What about that?
PT: No, but you can do some mild walking at the beach. Let pain be your guidc.
Me: Ok, well – what if –
PT: NO. Danielle, no. When is the last time you ran?
PT: How far?
Me: 4 miles.
PT: And how do you feel?
Me: ::Awkward silence::
PT: Exactly. No running. No hills. And when you start back running you need to start slow. Like, 1/2 a mile one week, then 3/4 mile, etc. Don’t cheat this. You want cardio? You can swim, if it doesn’t hurt.
That didn’t go exactly as I had hoped. I spent two hours there. He put heat on my back, did some deep tissue work, had me do some back stretching exercises and then put ice on me.
He wants me to come back bi weekly for aproximately 4-6 weeks. So, maybe my goal for the next 6 weeks until I can start exercising again is to maintain this weight. I don’t want to get obssessed and then push myself and reinjure my back all over again.
Apparently I have enough muscle damage that it’s causing constant back spasms. Perhaps the next 5 days of total relaxation at the beach with a good book and a drink in my hand is exactly what I need.
Side note: I *just* bought these. I guess I really am back in a 14 including jeans now! YAY!