What to do when you hurt your back

back pain womanAbout a month ago, I wrenched my back out for the first time since becoming an Alexander Technique certified instructor over a decade ago. I’d bent over to pick up my giant tote bag and jerked myself up without thinking.

It hurt like crazy.

I had that “uh-oh” moment when it felt like a rubber band stretched in my back, and didn’t spring back into place. Yikes.

A bad case of the “shoulds”

As a back-care professional, all these thoughts went through my head:

  • I “should” have prevented it
  • I “should” have known better
  • I “should” feel better faster
  • I “shouldn’t” need help

Then I realized, none of the “shoulds” were doing me any good

The “shoulds” were just creating more stress and making the problem worse.

After the initial embarrassment, I knew I needed to get help fast.

I called my office neighbor who is an amazing Bowen practitioner and massage therapist and got on her table. I scheduled an Alexander Technique lesson for myself with a colleague and friend. I practiced Active Rest twice a day.

Within one day I got significant relief, and by the end of the week I felt like my old self again.

Tips for getting better fast—if you have back pain

  • Get relief right away from a trusted practitioner such as a gentle massage therapist or an Alexander Technique instructor
  • Practice undoing tension in your body daily with Active Rest
  • Learn how to prevent the pain from recurring with Alexander lessons

You don’t have to suffer if you get help sooner rather than later

You can download a no cost recording here that walks you through Active Rest, and contact Emily to chat about next steps that work.

About Emily Clark

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Emily Clark, of TheSuppleRider.com, is an Alexander Technique Certified Instructor who teaches horseback riders of all disciplines to eliminate pain and improve their posture so they can ride as one every ride.

She’s worked with equestrians for over 11 years. She loves working with riders because they’re so passionate about what they do.

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