Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Back on the Blog!

Finally life is starting to come back to normal as I am able to walk and do daily activities again. Almost am pain free :) It has been 4 weeks since I hurt my back and the time I have spent recovering has taught me alot about life and the importance of being good to your body. Accidents are one thing, but when an injury comes from over doing it and shere neglegence, it makes you questions things are little more strongly. Let's just say this injury has been a life changing injury on many levels, primarily spiritually, mentally and then physically. With the help of Derek Samuel, a mentor of mine and the best Physical Therapist I have ever met, I am back in training. Although this training is my rehab.

The primary objective of the therapy: to re-educate my abdominal and back muscles to maitain neutral spine during movement.

Exercise One: Standing Double Cable Pulldows (with arms straight)

Exercise Two: Seated SB Hip Flexion (maintaining Neutral spine)

Exercise Three: Seated SB Shoulder Flexion (maintaining neutral spine)

Exercise Four: Seated SB Hip abduction with theraband (maintaining neutral spine) *

* This exercise seems to be helping quite a bit. Being able to turn on my glutes (glute medius, TFL, and maximus) while keeping my lumbar spine from moving is a skill I need to keep me healthy. You would be surprised how such easy looking exercises become very challenging when you are injured. These exercises have made an immediate difference in gettiing me re-connected with my abdominals and spine again. For a while there I felt so disconnected and unstable in my low back. My body is able to tolerate daily movemetns and some flexion. The name of the game: take it slow, and use this as an opportunity to improve my weaknesses and build some health promoting habits. Thank yo God for giving me another chance with my back and with my life!!!


markrif said...

GOOD GOOD stuff. Well done Franz, this is exactly what I hoped you would do. You are a Chek level 2 right? That stuff works SO WELL on back injuries but you obviously know that.

You are on the mend already and you will be fine. ANd yes, these types of injuries, especially later in life really show you what is really important in life,and peak performance is not very high on that list! good pics too and interesting stuff.

Ken Black said...

Thanks for the updates Franz. One of the quotes I always liked is: "From knots, Buds sprout".

I am glad you are on the road to recovery! It looks solid!

Looking forward to LA:) Talk soon.

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks guys! I am feeling much better!

Pete Diaz, RKC said...

Happy to hear you are almost pain free and able to train again. One of my favorite quotes is "The healthy man has a thousand wishes, the unhealthy man has, but one."

I am sure I may have said that already, but its truth os timeless.

Joefitness said...

Nice Franz, thank you for sharing. I know there are many people who can and will benefit from your wisdom and experience.

Tom Shook, RKC said...

Hey Franz, I share the sentiment in wishing you well and a speedy recovery. Looks as though you are doing what needs to be done. One day at a time are headed in the right direction. Best wishes.