Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Suffer for Perfection!

Since my dressage show on Sunday, I've been trying to be more concious how I sit, stand, lay down, ride, ride my bike- anything really, to try and retrain my body to be as straight and even as possible. Due to the conformation of my back, I will never be 100% straight but if I can try and be a little less wonky in the saddle, then that is better for Hattie and me!

Hattie falling asleep after our short (but killer for me!) schooling session...

                                 

I've looked on various scoliosis websites at stretching exercises and was surprised (and pleased) to see that some of them I have already been doing as they are the ones my physiotherapist gave me a few years back. I guess if I hadn't been doing those already, I would have been even more crooked! I found some good side stretch ones on the Live Strong website so have been doing those since Monday and it's TOUGH! I think I over did it a bit yesterday as although I only schooled for about 30 minutes, I was making a real effort to stretch out my right side on my off-side side saddle and could feel the pull on my right side waist muscles. My right hip was not happy yesterday with all these new stretches and riding position at all but it's a lot better today so I think little and often is the key to straightening out 37 years of wonkiness!



8 comments:

  1. Have you ever tried Yoga? If you haven't it's worth a try. It helps me with everything I do.

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    1. I did used to do Pilates which I enjoyed but it got frustrating later as I couldn't keep up with the class as the teacher used to tell me that the exercises were not suitable for me so gave up.

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  2. Love love love the hot pink accessories for hacking!

    My sister has scoliosis too, good on you for getting onto the physiotherapy stretches and exercises. It can make a huge difference. It's always tempting to do what's easier, not what's better for you and Hattie.

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    1. It's starting to pay off as our canter is a bit better but it's a killer!

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  3. I also had to head on over from Google Reader to comment on the pink!! Awesome!

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  4. love the pink......just need a nice pink dressage whip now

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    1. LOL, already ahead of you- I'm holding one in the photo! :-D

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