When you spend a couple of years running yourself into injury, it seems ludicrous to imagine that getting back to your pre-injured self will happen over a few weeks.
And so it goes with my delightfully injured hip. “Delightfully” in the sense that it is fully injured and refuses to bow to any attempts to at least eradicate pain at the very least.
Luckily there’s still one more hurdle to jump before I’ve got to resort to having surgery, but it’s not an altogether straight forward one.
My specialist suggested I try out posture therapy – a possible solution that’s touted as “non-medical pain relief” and as such isn’t covered by health insurance. It also doesn’t seem to have been independently tested (to the best of my knowledge).
The method, and the clinics that practice it, are called Egoscue after its founder of sorts and author Pete Egoscue. From the information I’ve gathered without actually signing up for the treatment yet, it involves a practitioner assessing your posture and gait and giving you specific exercises to do daily. They are meant to realign your body “to as close to that flawless design as possible”.
As the website states: “We believe that your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Think about this: If you cut your arm, it doesn’t stay cut. If you break your leg, it doesn’t stay broken. Why are the herniated discs in your back, your torn meniscus, or your degenerative hip joint any different? The answer is THEY AREN’T! We simply have to give your body a chance to heal.”
Does that sound just a teeny bit iffy to anyone else? Sure, I’m cynical by nature, but it just seems a little unbelievable that exercises can reduce pain in a degenerative hip joint.
And then there’s the price tag. A “starter pack” of eight sessions goes for just under $1500 and if you end up needing 16 sessions you’ll fork out another grand on top of that (although those 16 sessions can be shared with friends or family).
There ends my squinty-eyed, purse-lipped glance.
On the other hand, I quite like the idea of trying everything possible before resorting to the surgeon’s knife (or keyhole in this instance).
And there are plenty of great testamonials and blogs online, crediting Egoscue with fixing the pain resulting from back, knee, foot, shoulder and hip problems. So maybe I should stop wincing at forking over that amazing amount of cash (cancel all those long weekends interstate I’d been planning) and get out there.
It’s now gotten to the point where a spin class leaves me with aching pain that stops me from sleeping and even my daily walks irritate my lower back and hip.
Have you ever tried Egoscue? What did you think of the experience?