Oh man, oh man....
Please check into Rolfing. I've had, combined, more than a year of PT for a broken back. I had big rods and even bigger screws with crossbars from T10-L3. I called it the Iron Maiden. Fast forward. The rods were causing a lot of problems and my back was stable and had healed nicely, so out came the rods. Big problems. My back is actually going great, but my body was totally screwed up below L3 and downward. My torso was totally torqued in a couple of different ways (looked like an "S") but I had zero torso rotation (sort of important when walking!) and my hips, sacrum, and legs were totally misaligned. My body wasn't even centered over my hips, and my belly button was/is pulled over to the right side. I couldn't even get both heels on the ground because my pelvis was corkscrewed, and I was limping and dragging my right leg, although both my legs were uninjured in the accident. I *totally* get what you are saying in your description above!! I totally get it, and I empathize.
I saw the following picture, known as Rolfing Boy:
I said, "THAT'S IT!! THAT'S EXACTLY HOW MY BODY FEELS (AND LOOKS!)" I immediately started looking for a Rolfer in my area. Three days later, there I was in front of him. I'll never forget: He looked straight into my eyes and said, "I can help you."
I was in the middle of (more) PT, and it was clear that I was on a slow train to nowhere with that, so I started doing Rolfing in conjunction with the PT. I started making rapid strides all of a sudden once Rolfing was added (which the PT took credit for!). I have since completed PT and am now doing Rolfing plus massages, and there is a shift of some sort literally every single week. My problem (well, one of them...) is with my hip flexor on the right. They were stretching me like freaking Gumby for 6 months in PT, and there wasn't even half an inch of change 6 months later. But a big change with: Rolfing, a day to rest and integrate the changes, followed by a side-lying massage two days later. I call it my 1-2 punch. Lots of cracking deep in the joints -- hips, knees, ankles -- as my body is readjusting back to normality. The whole thing with Rolfing is STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION. The Rolfer doesn't even work my back anymore -- he's totally focused on hips, legs, sacrum. When he first started Rolfing my legs, I was confused/thought it was a waste of time/money....but it turns out getting the legs straight is critical to my movement, not my back at all.
Last edited by TigerLily; 03-06-2011 at 08:07 PM.
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