It was a Friday night on a cold evening in December 1992.
I was at the University of Regina for my dryland training session. I had long sessions on Friday nights, 1 hour dryland training and 2 hours in the pool.
You know, my smile comes from somewhere - years of training as a synchronized swimmer! 😁
My coach had my team running laps around an upstairs office space. Amateur sport training in the dead of winter at its finest. What happened that night changed the trajectory of my life forever.
Running in opposite directions, my teammate and I ran around the corner at the same time and collided into each other.
Unexpectedly, I absorbed my teammate's impact, as she fell on top of me and we both fell, me backwards, onto the cement floor below. I landed on my low back with a high impact force.
We both took a moment to realize what just happened.
I started to feel sensation in my back and tried to continue on with the remaining minutes and hours of practice.
I began my journey with pain.
My parents were ready and willing to get me help (thanks Mom - I know you are reading this). I did physio, massage and yoga. At its worse, I went to physio three times per week for months.
I was self-conscious that I had to wear a brace around my pelvis under my clothes and that I had a lift in one shoe to help balance out a leg discrepancy as a complicating factor.
While friends were memorizing the names of Lip Smacker lip gloss, I was learning about the piriformis muscle, the alignment of my spine and how to operate a TENS machine.
I was also learning about pain. I was in pain. And I was presented with a new norm, a body that no longer functioned as it once did.
I know pain. So many years later, I am still learning about pain.
This week I'd like to share with you a few new videos I was shown in a recent Yoga Teacher Training course. It is a unique way to look at emerging pain science.
If you are like me and pain is in your life, I highly encourage you to watch these videos. And share them with others you know are dealing with pain.
Why Things Hurt
Back Pain - Separating Fact from Fiction
More to come with my story of pain…
Stay well and happy moving, Lisa