Maybe I'm the absolute last person you should listen to about getting healthy, what with all my whining and complaining and seemingly never-ending medical issues. OR, now that I AM getting healthy, maybe you should. Oh what the heck, read the damn post anyway!
My getting healthy journey started with Feldenkrais Therapy. I found this method through a friend who is studying to become a practitioner herself. I thought, "Well, I've tried some weird stuff over the years...what could it hurt except my wallet." Wow. So glad I listened to her. (Thank darlin', even though you don't read my blog ;-)
This method of physical therapy retrains your nervous system to function in its most efficient way (which is different for each body) and the effects are simply amazing. I went from having to have my hip replaced and barely able to walk around my house due to the stabbing pain, to being able to, at last measurement, hike a mile and a half.
Not only did it improve my overall well-being and the functionality of all the parts I harmed over the years with gymnastics, long distance running, and poor nutrition (see Careless Words), it also, finally, after eleven long years of chronic regional pain syndrome -I'll leave you to follow the link if you want more info, but basically I had pain because my nerves weren't talking to each other correctly, but fixing NERVOUS system means fixing nerves, so all the stuff that helped my arthritis, helped that, too. My practitioner, whom I adore, had told me that it would, but after eleven years of being handed one kooky remedy after another, I didn't believe him. Until it happened.
So since starting Feldenkrais therapy, I've achieved:
- not needing a hip replacement
- normal functionality in all my parts
- ditched Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
- ditched my pain doctor and all the expensive and mind-numbing though necessary at the time narcotics
- can garden, hike, ride a bike, carry laundry up and down stairs
- gained self-esteem back, and thereby ditched one of my anti-depressants
- and found my magic shoes
I've gotten myself back.
This blog hop is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, and Michael Di Gesu, Thanks to all of you!