After more than a week of nursing my pesky lower back, I woke up this morning just craving PiYo. I’ve missed how strong it makes me feel, and I’ve definitely missed the feeling of starting my day with exercise.
It’s always hard returning to exercise after my disc flares up; I’m always afraid that it’s “too soon” and I’ll aggravate it even more. So far, I’m doing pretty well today.
The stronger my core and back muscles get, the more I am starting to think that the majority of my history of back problems has been cause not directly by my back, but by my left hip. As Lady Gaga likes to remind us, Baby, I was born this way – with a hip that’s turned inwards, so when I am resting (say, lying down on my back), my left foot wants to naturally turn inward. If I’m on a flat surface, like the floor, it’s sort of uncomfortable all the way up my left leg – like I can’t completely relax and my outer hip is being pulled in the wrong direction. My mother tells me that when I was a baby, my left leg always wanted to stick out; she’d swaddle me, and pop! my little leg would peak out from the blanket.
I find it both sad and absolutely hilarious that I haven’t made this connection until now. All my life, whenever I wear a skirt, if I don’t constantly adjust it, it twists around the more I walk, until the front is resting on my hip. When I wear sneakers, the tie of the left shoe migrates from the center outwards, no matter how many double or triple knots I put in it. If I am standing and keep my feet planted, I can turn my whole body to the left but my left foot stays put, and sometimes I don’t even notice until I look down and see my left toes pointed at a perfect 90-degree angle to the sole of my right foot. I’ve always laughed at it.
Of COURSE, if your hip (and all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that run through it) are being constantly pulled in the wrong direction, it’s going to throw things off.
But now what do I do about it? How do you fix an issue that came with you in your original packaging?
Dr. Fat Ass says that the body has an amazing way of adapting – that even if I do have this…whatever you would call this, that my body can compensate. But now I’m thinking, Yeah, it compensates by putting too much pressure and torque on my back!
I’m not sure what the answer is; if any of you have any suggestions, I welcome them wholeheartedly. Have you ever heard of someone with this condition?
Until then, I guess I’ll PiYo on.