February 2013 I hurt my back really bad, and unfortunately because of my stubbornness and my age (I no longer had health insurance) I didn’t end up going to the doctors for 7 months and all my back did was get worse and worse. And again because of my stubbornness I continued to work out and work through the pain. By the time august on 2013 rolled around I could barely even walk let alone work out. I finally got some health insurance and made a doctor’s appointment and later found out that I had 2 bulging disk that were essentially touching my sciatic nerve. The pain was so bad I had to crawl my way around the house because I had this horrible burning pain shooting down my leg every time I walked more than 2 feet.
Why am I telling you this? Well Just want to instill the importance of not only stretching, but core strengthening is to your body. I will admit I became extremely lazy when it came to my stretches and my core work so I can only blame myself for the pain that I was in and now have to deal with a completely numb baby toe and numb side of my foot.
I’m no Longer in any pain from 5 months of physical therapy, I have learned my lesson and it is SUPER important to stretch not only your back and hamstrings but all of your body. Also Foam rolling, if you’ve never done it, try it! It works wonders on all parts of my body and prevents me from being less sore from my work out from the previous day.
Ask any Exercise Physiologist today with help learning new stretches or to introduce you to the foam roller!!