Sometimes when you least expect it, you get a reminder that you just need to trust the process. Whether it’s with losing weight, gaining strength, starting therapy, or something else, the process can take time. Embrace the journey and live one day at a time.
Before we get too far along, don’t forget that today is the first day of my December photo challenge. If you’re on Instagram, you should join! Enough about today though.
Yesterday I attended what I thought was my last physical therapy session. I was disappointed because I still have back pain. It isn’t frequent, but it’s there. My physical therapist reassessed my movement and together we decided I need at least three more sessions. I need to trust the process.
As a reminder, this all started after what seemed like muscle soreness got progressively worse. After a visit to my primary care doctor, I got a referral to physical therapy. My initial assessment showed a left side rotated pelvis that was causing strain on my back. This also meant my range of motion in my hip was abysmal. Not ideal when you’re focusing on deadlifts and squats.
So we started the process of manually shifting my pelvis back into place. It didn’t exactly feel good during sessions, but I was seeing progress. I had exercises to do on my own and most days it felt like things were going as they should.
Still, I wasn’t doing much lifting. When I did lift something (an ancient air conditioner that weighed God knows how much), it didn’t feel good. I was upset.
Then more recently I helped Joe move a refrigerator up two flights of stairs. The movement to lift it was essentially a deadlift. It felt fine while I was doing it. Afterward it still felt fine.
Then a few days later, my back hurt again, seemingly related to nothing.
So when I went to my session yesterday, I was ready to throw in the towel (and was pretty sure I was out of sessions). When my physical therapist reassessed things, she found that my spine has very limited mobility. Not only do I have almost no flexion, even pressing on my back provides no “give” in response. This explains how my pelvis got out of whack in the first place.
Because my back has such limited mobility, my pelvis compensated. Now that my pelvis is working properly again, it’s time to work on the root of the problem. Just when I thought it was time to give up, there was a breakthrough. Trust the process.
It’s going to take some time, but the payoff is going to be huge.
Do you have a hard time letting go and trusting that things will work out given enough time?