She had tried physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports massage, a new office chair and steroid injections, and feared she was facing a lengthy lay-off, with back surgery in the offing.
Luckily, before she took the final step, one of her work colleagues recommended Victory, and she came to see us. She was complaining of pain almost all the time, with sciatica in her left leg which got worse when she sat down for long periods.
During the physio assessment, we noticed that Liz habitually stood and sat with her head too far forward, so that her chin was poking out, as if peering at a computer screen. Her neck and upper back muscles were severely hyperactive, and her centre of gravity was in front of her ankles – she looked as though she was on her toes, ready to leap into action. As a result of all this, her back muscles were very tight, causing compression of her lumbar discs and sciatic nerve.
When we tried to correct Liz’s posture, we found that her habits were so ingrained that the suboccipital space between her skull and neck was severely limited. Once we were able to open this area up, and she managed to balance her head directly over her hips when she was sitting, she was able to relax her back muscles – and eventually, as a result of this, her back pain started to settle.
Over the course of 3 months of regular physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions, we were able to teach Liz to relax her neck muscles and retrain her postural habits. From there, we showed her how to build up the strength and coordination of her core muscles to protect her from future injuries, through our spinal rehabilitation and Pilates sessions. She no longer has back pain when she sits at her desk, and has returned to her old hobbies of running and tennis.