REAL LIFE - REACH & RECOVER #4: FEAR
Last updated: 10.47am, Wednesday 21st October 2020
What if I couldn't walk freely again?
I was scared that the physiotherapy would not
work. And, scared that the haunting words the
doctors told me would be true. What if I couldn't
walk freely again?
It was made clear what my limitations were with my injuries. Yet in the same breath, I was also told: ''We can train you here at the clinic with some intense physiotherapy but we and you have to be willing to work outside the box. We are going to work all these muscles and injuries but from a different angle. A different way to get your body stronger so you can master the physiotherapy routine.”
We first tried a low impact routine for my body to get induced to physiotherapy routine. I felt first nothing worked - everything hurt. My then physiotherapist at HSC introduced free weights. Lifting the small things would be hard but the more I could lift, little by little, the more my confidence grew.
One of my injuries that causes great difficulty is only having about 10 per cent bend in my left leg. Getting up and down off the floor is very problematic. One technique that I was shown by my physiotherapist was to use my opposite knee to lean on when reaching down or when going further onto the floor. I was, and still am, learning to use my body in a whole different way.
One of the toughest things after every intense physio session was the pain and discomfort from muscles I had not used in a very long time. This gradually eased through the use of the Hydro at HSC and applying various parts of my physio routine in water. I am still able to work the body and injuries but with less impact on my joints as I would on the gym floor.
I was not a big lover of the pool before I sustained these injuries yet now living with these injuries and the limitations, the pool is the one place I feel free from injuries. My triumph over injury lesson: Never give up. Only look back to see how far you have come.
How far have you come with your fitness or injury journey?
Love, Angela x