By| September 20, 2015
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 18 and was relatively complication free until the age of 29 after a horse-riding accident. This left my lower back in incredible pain and I went for DPPT sessions which worked to a point but didn’t resolve increasing muscle tightness.
3 years later I injured my SI joint during an intense hot yoga class. At first I didn’t know this was the injury I’d suffered. All I knew was that basic movement – walking, turning, bending was incredibly painful. For over 3 months I tried different practitioners – a physiotherapist, a chiropractor, and more DPPT without relief. I was frustrated and the pain was worsening. No practitioner I went to could tell me exactly what was causing the pain. Things became steadily worse, I was exhausted and on painkillers - the only way I could function at work was by lying on my back on the floor. Doing basic day-to-day chores I had previously taken for granted became a nightmare.
In desperation I was about to contact an orthopaedic surgeon when someone mentioned they had success with osteopathy. I was willing to give the non-surgical route one more try and went to see Guy Ashburner. My presenting symptoms were intense lower back pain, SI joint pain as well as snapping hip syndrome. Guy began treatment weekly with fascial massage and spinal manipulation, stretching my muscles which had grown tight steadily over years. Guy showed me why my lower back was in pain - it was doing all the work - receiving no support from my tightened scapula or hips. He also found my coccyx was crooked which was possibly pulling my spine that way too. I was taught correct posture – when standing, sitting and bending down. I was also given a body strengthening exercise plan with specific weight bearing exercises which Guy modifies and adapts as my body changes. I felt relief after my first visit, even breathing became easier as the tight muscles around my rib-cage were loosened.
I stuck with the Guy’s recommendations and I am very pleased to say that after about 5 months of weekly treatment my SI joint pain and snapping hip syndrome are finally gone! My posture is completely different than when I first walked into Guy’s rooms 7 months ago. I have returned to activities I love such as hiking. I now go for maintenance treatment once a month and continue to strengthen my body with the exercises Guy prescribes. I’ve gained tremendous body-awareness through his treatments – I’m so glad I didn’t go the surgical route! I think it’s important to find a practitioner you trust, whose recommendations work for you and to let go of timing with healing – especially when treating a chronic condition such as scoliosis. I highly recommend Guy for osteopathic treatment of muscular-skeletal disorders.
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