“Should I be doing anything in between sessions?” I ask.
“Just focus on your posture.”she responds.
Sigh. Big sigh. Triple Sigh. “she” is my physical therapist.
I’ve been in PT for just a little while now and it’s been a weird experience. Massages (I’ve NEVER received a massage before this), ultrasounds, electrical therapy, being taped up…It’s quite an experience.
I am not in PT for a specific injury. My minor, but chronic, upper back pain just got to me and I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to live a life without pain. I think it started in high school, with my heavy backpacks and the beginning of my sit-your-ass-down-and-type career.
I never really took care of my back and that continued until adulthood–an office job, more school, and more computer use.
Then add cycling on a road bike. Plus a partner who insisted on the most aero position possible. I never went full aero, but I also didn’t prioritize safe back positioning. I guess I should be more impressed that I lasted so long without a serious problem!
So here I am…doing my double-chin stretches and squeezing my shoulders together throughout the day. Stretching my neck this way and that. And silently laughing to myself while people stare at my kinesio tape peeking through my shirt.
I will trust in this process–things will be better if I do this. I sure hope it’s sooner rather than later, though.