My name is Jason from Adelaide, Australia.
When I was thirteen I went to a picnic/barbecue with my family. This day we went to a farm up in the Adelaide Hills. As a young boy I was adventurous and was playing with a few of my friends in a barn. We decided to climb up onto the roof of the barn and when walking across the roof I fell through. All I remember was falling and then landing on the dirt floor of the barn on my bottom. I fell about 10 metres from the roof to the floor. It was a horribly feeling as once I hit the ground I was winded and also in pain. I was unable to breath or cry as the wind was completely knocked out of me. Eventually people surrounded me. I could not move and someone picked me up and put me into the back of a vehicle. I was still in a lot of pain when being taken to the hospital.
I had suffered a serious fall and injured my back. I found out I had compressed several vertebrae in my lower back. I was told later that it was a miracle I didn’t have more serious injuries as I also landed between between old rusting farm machinery.
I was in hospital for about a week. I saw a back specialist that told me he could do little for me, and suggested that I just lay on my back until I improved. He didn’t seem very optimistic about my recovery. He told me in front of my parents that I should study hard at school and get a good office job because I would probably be unable to do any manual work due to my bad back.
After I left hospital I slowly made improvements. I was still young and growing, so this helped my recovery. Even from that early age I still felt the effects of back pain. Back pain that sometimes wasn’t too bad, but always there.
As I grew up medical doctors had nothing to offer other than perhaps a back operation but my condition wasn’t serious enough for that, so I didn’t consider that as an option.
I was introduced to a Chiropractor. I had Chiropractic adjustments for many years, and at the time I think it helped as the treatments seemed to be straightening and adjusting my back. I was told that I was still growing and my back could be corrected by the Chiropractor as I grew. The only problem being was that my back was easily knocked out of alignment after the adjustments.
As I child I could still do the things that children do such as play sport so for that I am grateful. Really I was lucky not be be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life after such an injury.
As a matter of interest I did not study hard as the doctor told me. I was an average student with average grades at school. I went to college, and ended up doing a variety of work both office and manual work. I also travelled and worked around world as part of my adventures and experience.
I have however continued to suffer from back pain throughout my life.
Other than Chiropractic treatment and the odd back massage I did not do much else until I was about 40 years old.
Age and a little weight gain prompted me to try and improve the quality of my back. I was starting to feel pain in my back more and more, including neck and lower back pain.
It was then I decided to get serious about trying to relieve the problem.
I loss some weight and stated lap swimming and walking. This helped but I still didn’t feel right.
I started to visit a Physiotherapist who also did acupuncture, and found the results initially quite good.
The Physiotherapist gave me some exercises to strengthen and realign my hips, which was apparently part of the problem with my back. I continued swimming and continued to keep fit with walking and gym.
I was told to try out Pilates, which I did as a group class at the gym. Pilates is quite challenging at first as your body needs to get use to the routine and exercises.
The concept is to strengthen the core or simply the muscles around the stomach, back, gluts and pelvic floor.
I have been doing Pilates for about 2 years ago now and I am now a real convert. I feel stronger, I am standing tall and straight and the best thing is that I suffer from less back pain pain. I still have the odd niggle in my back, but life is feeling pretty good.
My life continues from now and I accept the fact I will always suffer from some form of back/neck pain from my old injuries. I am however determined to do my best to keep my back and core strong by doing Pilates, swimming, walking and keeping fit at the gym as well as swimming occasionally. I also know that being overweight is not good for my back, so I try and eat the right foods to assist me to keep my weight under control. I do still enjoy take away food and a few beers, but I think we need some balance.
For all those people who suffer back pain, I can whole heartily recommend doing a combination of exercises that include Pilates, swimming, walking and gym strengthening work with the emphasis on keeping your core as strong as possible. By having a strong core it takes the pressure off your back and thus less back pain.
If you suffer from any back pain take my advice and try these options out and I am sure you will improve your quality of life. These exercises can be done by people with most medical conditions and at any age. But please check with your medical professional before starting any program to ensure it is the right thing for you.
It has helped me and I am thankful for it. May you have a long life with quality and free from back pain and suffering.
Take care and bye for now.
Jason – Adelaide, Australia.
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