Yesterday afternoon I hauled my aching bones to the orthopedist where I was x-rayed and examined, determining the fate of much more than my upper body injury.
A rotator cuff tear, bone spur (possibly related to the rotator cuff itself) and a month of physical therapy wasn’t nearly as painful to accept as the earlier, incorrect, Urgent Care diagnosis of bicep tendonitis (which develops from overuse of the tendons in the shoulder over time).
Quite possibly, the doctor thought, the result of my 14 years of yoga.
Too many sun salutations, thought I.
It probably seems crazy that I was happier with the orthopedists’ more severe diagnosis of a soft tissue problem that could ultimately require an MRI or surgery, but the fact that she didn’t blame me and my yoga (for it) made that pill (and the great, big steroid shot in the back of the shoulder) less bitter to swallow.
The fact is, yoga is very good for all kinds of people. But those of us with a competitive streak, and athletic types that like to push themselves, can get hurt and often do. All it takes is one over-extended arm, too-wide an open heart, or what I think may have been the culprit here, eagle arms while deeply lunging into a backbend.
Going forward, here’s the plan.
1. Heal up.
2. Do non-impactful forms of exercise while the shoulder rests (walking, easy running, Pilates without any outer rotating arm movements, of course).
3. Slowly re-visit my mat.
A must for everyone to remember is that yoga is not (and cannot be) about competition.
And, a good yogi must listen to their body.
Every single time.
Ever been told that an injury meant you couldn’t play? What do you think about Pilates?
The hub for all I do, marthawills.com documents life from a working mom's point of view. When not mothering, I manage the social media needs of small businesses through Wills Media Group, LLC, and write a weekly column for Raleigh's News & Observer online entitled, Are We There Yet? Most recently, my passion for health and wellness led me to become involved as a consultant for Beautycounter, a company that's making a difference by educating about toxins in products, spreading the word via the web.
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