Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Continuing Progress

I am happy to say that slowly but surely, I am now starting to see progress being made in getting my back back to normal.  I take that back...  Normal for me was not good.  The plan is to get my back healthy and strong and fully functional.

During last night's physical therapy session, I found that my range of motion has increased without pain.  Yippee!!

Performing a standing back extension has gotten much easier.  My therapist noted that while performing these it was apparent that most of the movement was being handled by a single vertebrae, making it hinge-like.  The tightness in the rest of my back could very well be limiting the full number of vertebrae that should be recruited to extend my back.  In plain English, more ROUND, less HINGE.

I have one more session tomorrow evening and this coming Monday revisit my MD for a follow-up evaluation.  I'm sure we will continue with the physical therapy for just a bit longer.  I still can't swing the bells!  

In the meantime, I continue to work all of the therapy exercises and stretches.  It's taken a month to get to this point.  Amazing how there seemed to be no improvement for the longest time, then all of a sudden, viola!  Glad I was diligent with my practice.

In an exciting note, I ordered Scott Sonnon's Official Kettlebell Foundation DVD set this morning.  Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

hunashaman said...

Excellent news Howie! It is good to see someone sticking to something good in this fast-food, instant gratification world we live in (granted - I quite like a Big Mac from time to time). I absolutely relate to the hinge thing you mentioned about your back. I have discovered recently that my back is mobile in ONE area. I am learning a lot through your rehab process and am applying as much as I can. BTW. I have to admit that I'm jealous that you ordered Scott's kettlebell stuff - I'm planning on doing exactly the same thing in the next couple of days. The DVD's look amazing.