Weak, Heavy, Out of Shape -
The first rule of Back Club - Don't get fat! Any spine surgeon will tell you with measured ferocity. So I came out of Christmas this year heavy, unfit and weak. This was foolish for someone in my position, because surgery could be needed at anytime. So after xmas I pre-emptively put myself back in to my old prehab state and take my conditioning seriously. As usual under the watchful and coordinated eyes of Fiona Troupe (Six Physio) and Alex Fugallo (Beyond Health). The broad aim was threefold -
- Lose weight 76.5kg to 71kg (currently 72.5kg – pre-easter, ahem)
- Gain strength – the more you go in with, the more you come out with
- Gain fitness – it is now well documented that increased fitness seems to be linked to positive surgical outcomes.
Alex and Fiona
We have worked with Alex and Fiona at Cyclefit over many years with shared clients, and it is now interesting to be the specimen in the jar rather than part of the MDT (multi-disciplinary team). Fiona and Alex have been incredibly insightful and supportive. Alex (osteopath above) has use industrial quantities of acupuncture needles and kinesio tape to keep me pain free and functional enough, for Fiona (physio) to get me strong enough for surgery. Which has not always been easy because there is not much physical that I can do that doesn’t cause immediate pain of the game-over nature.
The worst thing I can do is cycle because the combination of a flexed spine and flexed hip (top of the pedal-stroke) torques up the back pain in minutes. I can manage a short blast to Paddington station on my folding bike but not much more.
Accentuate The Positives -
And this highlights one of the few positives of six years of having back problems – that I have become very good at working with clients with chronic, acute or serious long term back issues. I am very interested in the mechanics of back pain as it relates to cycling forces and in point of fact I remain one of the few people that Cyclefit has so far been unable to help cycle in comfort.