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How to recover from a herniated disc in 3 weeks
Studio Australia Barcelona’s Director Natalia Laing bent forward to demonstrate a glut stretch on the barrel, felt something strange in her back, and then the next day couldn’t get out of bed.
This exercise is something she does every day, in fact many times a day but that’s the thing about disc injuries…..one day it just happens and often when you least expect it.
Following is Nat’s diary and day by day account of facing a serious diagnosis back injury and the first harrowing days of pain, fear and unknowing.
Day 3 –
Nothing’s changed. I’m in bed resting or sitting in front of the TV. Walking slowly around the house with my umbrella. Hot showers. Hot water bottle every few hours. All the same muscles are still in spasm. Slight sciatic pain down my leg but I can bare it. The quadratus lumborum is where the pain is mostly coming from. Still walking with an extreme lean to the left. I kept feeling like my legs were going to give way on me.
I have to take a combination of strong painkillers and a cortisone injection every day. I just can’t let Mandy stab me with the injection! I’ve opted for my neighbour who has given it to me down in the local bodega! The whole street now knows that I’m injured and the word is out about the jab!
Day 4 –
Another day of the same – still making myself move around the house, on the pain killers. Out of bed I feel I can move better. Turning over or getting out of bed is excruciating. Still in a lot of pain but a feeling that I can start to rehab soon. Had friends for dinner, got a little too enthusiastic, moved a little too much, those painkillers are good. Combination of the pain killers and a sneaky glass of wine made me feel like everything was getting better. I was VERY VERY wrong.
Day 5 –
SUFFERING. Thinking I could do too much last night – just talking walking around the house and sitting at the table. I’m in a lot of pain – back to where I was on day 2. Back to bed rest and sitting in front of the TV. Moving VERY slowly around the house. Tried to do some dishes and couldn’t. I can walk my dogs but with a lot of care, and only for 5 minutes. I feel scared.
Day 13 –
First workout in the studio. Starting with a quad stretch against the box. Carefully stretched my psoas on the reformer then did gentle foot work on the reformer. I felt very very fragile and I was quite emotional as I realized after doing the reformer work how fragile I had become. Decided to work on my upper body instead and get some confidence back! Thank God for lat pull downs and the claw series!
Day 14 –
My second acupuncture treatment. Worked like a dream and opened all those channels that are still blocked – including my fear.
Day 15 –
Last day of rest at home.
Day 16 –
Tentatively but with some confidence in my knowing I went back to work. Thinking about how most of the time my clients come to me after many weeks or even months of being in this state. I was out of pain and I had a new respect for my body, this experience, my knowledge and my clients.
Next post we share with you Nat’s exercises, stretches and releases for recovery.