It all started so poorly. I didn’t start the day with the best sleep. For some reason, I only got 3 hours of sleep that Sunday night. It annoyed me! I couldn’t figure out the reason why, so I just pushed through and angrily said I was going to go do it anyway.
The workout was a good one: 4 minutes of burpees, followed by an overhead lifting movement called the snatch at 75 lbs. First round, no problem. The second round called for increasing the weight to 135 lbs. I hadn’t warmed up to that weight, but I was confident I could do it. I’d done it before without any problems at all.
Made it through the burpees, and on the 5th or 6th repetition of the 135 lb snatch, felt a muscle go in my lower back that dropped me to the floor. I was in agony. My whole lower back was in spasm, and I couldn’t stand. I could barely crawl around on my hands and knees, to be honest. It was excruciating. After about 5 minutes, I was somehow able to get into the shower and apply some hot water to it, which made it possible for me to get dressed.
I couldn’t stand up straight, could barely walk, and every single step seemed to threaten more spasm, and more pain.
My first action was to cancel everybody for that day. My second was to text my chiropractor, Dr. Cheris Paresa, of Vibrant Life Chiropractic, in Sumner, WA. She got me in and I got started on my path of healing. I got adjusted again on Wednesday, and again on Friday. By Wednesday I was back to work, though I had some trouble standing and walking, I was able to get around enough to work with people. By Friday, I was no longer leaning to one side, and I was feeling almost normal. But I was still getting muscle spasms at night when I’d stay in the same position for too long.
The following week, I made it back to the gym. I did only my warmup and some planks that first session. Afterwards, my back felt a little sore, but not worse, not exactly. The next day, it was even better. I’ve since been incorporating more and more movements and more and more weight.
Three weeks out, and here I am, lifting at about 70% capacity, and running bodyweight and other light workouts at close to 95% of what my best ever was. That’s a lot better than I was doing when it first happened.
I attribute my rapid recovery to my regular wellness practices. I already get adjusted weekly. I also get acupuncture and massage once a month. I eat well, I exercise regularly, and I maintain a positive outlook as much as possible. This injury has taught me the importance of proper body mechanics. Being tired and having not warmed up, I was exposed to the improper mechanic that created my injury. My rehab is now focused on preventing that from ever happening again by dialing in that mechanic. The hip hinge is much more important than ever!
Thanks for reading. Hopefully I’ll be all the way back to 100% soon!