Yoga for Injuries
Okay, so I’ve been living with this cracked rib for a few weeks now and it’s really annoying me.
I miss being able to do basic, everyday things – I even miss doing housework, so that should tell you something about how stir crazy I’m going!
But what I miss most of all is practicing my yoga. Just when I’d established a routine at home and was enjoying it, this had to happen (excuse me while I sulk for a couple of minutes – okay, done).
Well, sitting around feeling sorry for myself is not my style – too boring and self-indulgent – so I’ve been checking the Internet and asking around to see what kind of yoga I can do that won’t exacerbate the rib issue.
Then yesterday, at my follow-up appointment with my doctor, I remembered that he’s been practicing yoga for years, so I asked him for suggestions. “Nothing that requires stretching,” was his response. “But the breathing techniques of yoga will be highly beneficial.” He reminded me that cracked ribs can cause breathing problems, which in turn can result in chest infections. He encouraged me to speak to a yoga instructor and find some breathing techniques that could help me while my rib is healing.
And talk about perfect timing! When I got home, I found a response to my blog from Paula, who reminded me that yoga is everywhere and suggested that I try some restorative, meditative yoga at home. Thanks for your encouragement, Paula – what a wonderful suggestion.
Since my regular yoga instructor is still on vacation, I called my cousin who used to teach yoga. She carefully went through the exact problem with my rib and then gave me suggestions on how to start with abdominal breathing rather than rib cage breathing. She suggested that I hug a pillow gently to my chest while doing the deep breathing exercises, and I found that it greatly helped to ease the pain. The breathing techniques hurt a bit at first but now that I’ve been doing them for a while, I’m beginning to feel much better.
I’ve also bought a Restorative Yoga with Deborah Donohue DVD to try doing at home. And if it’s not too strenuous, maybe I can get Mumsie to try it as well.
It’s now been about four weeks since my cousin’s son mistook me for a rugby ball and my doctor says it should take another two to three weeks before I can start some gentle physical yoga – “but listen to what your body is telling you so you don’t overdo it.” Believe me I’ll listen because I have no intention of re-injuring the rib!
In the meantime, my wonderful husband has taken over cooking dinner most evenings (he’s a better cook than I am so we’re all benefiting from this). So what did hubby – he of the finely tuned sense of the absurd – prepare for us the other night?
Ribs – what else!
[tags]broken ribs, yoga for injuries, restorative yoga, deborah donohue, healing, breathing techniques[/tags]