If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot more videos lately.
Partly because I decided that I needed to get my act together and liven up my/FlexFit’s social media profiles.
But you may have also noticed that the videos recently have all followed a particular theme- backs. Back strength, exercises for back muscles and, more specifically, spinal health.
This is because the last Saturday in June- so, tomorrow (!)- is Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’ve been doing my best to help raise awareness of what’s actually a very common, just very unpublicised disorder.
I wrote a whole bunch of posts in honour of Scoliosis Awareness Day last year. From my own experience dealing with the condition, to some helpful accessory exercises to help with posture. You can also find out in more detail what on earth Scoliosis even is in my Straighten Out the Facts post.
I don’t really want to repeat myself too much.
I guess I just continue to be shocked by the amount of people that crop up who have experience dealing with spinal conditions such as Scoli, but who also feel completely isolated because of how little information there is out there on what it is and how to deal with it.
Just the other day I saw a complete stranger with a scar that matches mine. All the way down the length of her spine. A few weeks before an old friend reached out to me. She’s about to go through the same surgery and boy, is it a scary feeling.
The big difference between this year and last year is that this year I’m actually fully fledged in the Fitness Industry and therefore in a position where I have a lot more knowledge and experience about the anatomy of the body and how it works.
As a PT I spend much of my time researching different theories, training methods and exercises. It’s no surprise that I often find myself leaning towards anything to do with rehabilitation, postural analysis and spinal health. A lot of clients come to me because they know from my online bios that I place a strong focus on technique and correcting imbalances in the body, due to my own experiences. One of my clients has scoliosis. I have a few with musculoskeletal issues in the lumbar spine. Several just carry a lot of tension, and complain of aches and niggles that are often related to poor posture.
It’s helping clients such as these that give just the best feeling of job satisfaction. Ever. I’m not saying I fix their conditions in the slightest. But even if I’m able to provide the tiniest bit pain relief, or show them a variation on an exercise that until now they haven’t been able to do because they have a condition that’s holding them back. Well, that’s rewarding enough.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, I think that one of the things that would have helped tremendously in the months post-surgery is having someone who knows what I know now to help me through it. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I met Tom (a good 5 years later or so) that I met someone who was both able and also selflessly willing to teach my how to strengthen my back. I’m finally now at a stage where I can (very proudly) say that my back is STRONG. Not just average. Not just strong “considering what you’ve been through”. Just strong.
And I will do my very best to help anybody who is now going through the same thing I did.
Scoliosis Awareness Day 2017
This year Scoliosis Awareness Day is taking place on Saturday 24th June. So shout out, spread the love and share this post (somewhere) with the hashtag #gotyourback17 . If you’re super keen and would like to either donate or get involved, go to www.sauk.org.uk .
Chances are you have a friend, a friend of a friend, or even a friend of a friend of a friend who’s dealing with scoliosis. I can’t emphasise enough how helpful it is for those people to have someone who knows what the hell it is.
If you have any questions, or if you are have scoliosis and would like to chat, please email me. By all means, I love a good gossip about spines.