A trip to the physio

About a week ago I twanged my back – so badly that I have been suffering ever since.
That’s the first real back problem I have experienced for about 3 years, although the condition started in 1987 as a result of a long country walk, carrying one young son on my front and another on my back – the ligaments were torn and the verdict was that resting on the floor for 6 months would facilitate a complete cure – yeah.
So ever since then I have been plagued by an occasional few days of “ouch!”.
I went to see my local physio last week and again last night – he has given me a series of stretching exercises to loosen things up – apparently, as part of my maturing, my spine has forgotten how to bend backwards – all that time I spend in cars, planes, trains and sat at a desk has taken its toll.
The new regime is to spend about 10/15 minutes per day, slowly stretching backwards from either a standing position or laying on the floor.
I am re-training my body, my spine, to move in a direction it hasn’t taken for years. It doesn’t like it at the moment and is telling me in no uncertain terms.
But over the weeks ahead we will agree a compromise – I will stretch gently and my back will learn to become more supple.
Rather like replacing bad habits with good habits – it takes time, gentle easing in, pace not race – and then gradually the situation improves.
In 90 days I will be able to bend all the way back and the discomfort will have reduced or ended.
A small change in movement bringing about a big change in happiness.
I ponder – what small change in your professional “movement” would bring about a big change in your professional happiness over the next 90 days?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.