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Thank You to the NHS for Giving Me Back My Life

After seeing how the virus has created panic and chaos to our lives, we are all depending on the NHS so much now. I needed their help and so here’s my grateful story with my time with them.

For just over 6 months, I’ve been having physiotherapy for my neck. The pain at times had been excruciating. I remember her asking me “on a scale of 1 to 10 how bad has it been?”

I instantly replied 10 with no hesitation.

My First Routine

And so, after being checked over and asked to perform actions to see how much I can move, she then gave me exercises to do. I had the following:

  • Lie down with towel under back.
  • Chin down move arms up and down.
  • Wrap arms and twist body.
  • Lie on side.
  • Arm in the air look at it.
  • And move back to twist back.

I have to say my thinking about the problem was all wrong. I thought it was neck posture. I am a web designer, so I spend a fair while sitting.

My main goal with her was easy upon the painkilling gel, which I have excessively too many tubes. I got to the point that I needed them with me 24/7.

Each time I visited her she would ask of my condition and how I’ve been. I would say she had a great bedside manner, as I’ve not been able to do the exercises every day for one reason or another.

More routines…

Each time I may adjust the exercises or get a few more to take away. However, put quite simply she has changed my life.

  • Start on hand and knees
  • Check hands under shoulders. Knees under hips. Elbows soft
  • Gently pull back of the head upwards (long neck position)
  • Gently relax shoulders
  • Movement – alternatively lift arms x8 each side. Keep elbow straight
  • Extend and point arm up. Bend torso stretching through the side

At 45, I was stuck with this condition forever. I’ve been with this for over 7 years now. Before I would wake up and wonder is it a good day or a bad day, but now I can forget about it and live more normal. Occasionally I feel pain, which could come from driving or playing with the family.

She says I should take up Pilates rather than yoga to deal with helping my movement.

Considering I only knew her for a few months, she has heavily influenced how my future life will be.

After a few months later…

This post was written a few months back but now after some time later I can evaluate my conditions.
So far I’ve only had problems after heavy coughing. This has been miraculous as only in extreme exertion has there been any discomfort.

I did get general back pain but the pain I used to get from my neck has all but disappeared.

Thank you to the NHS

We are the envy of the world to have this level of health care.

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