When I signed up for double knee replacement, I didn’t really think about how it would affect my gait when I walked – and therefore, my body’s alignment.
I’m finding that along with my decade life transition that I wrote about in my last post, my body is making its own type of transition.
It’s aligning differently.
When I was in the sixth grade, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My prescription was physical therapy that involved several stretches. I did my PT faithfully (because my mother insisted), and the curve in my spine actually lessened a little.
Because of the scoliosis, I’ve always had a crooked alignment, one left shoulder obviously higher than the right, a bit of a head tilt, uneven hip alignment.
Well, these knee replacements seem to be changing that alignment. I think my spine is actually straightening a little.
I’ve decided to help that straightening some by stretching daily, so I’m starting a yoga discipline, working individually with a yoga teacher and adding yoga as a daily activity .
I may as well take advantage of the new alignment possibility, right?
Plus, having more body awareness is becoming a necessity. Not only is my age a factor, but many muscle aches and pains accompany this new alignment – and stretching is a way to counter that.
Ever since my centering prayer practice dissipated last year, I’ve been open to a new mindfulness practice. Yoga fits nicely there.
Along with the yoga, I’m doing more walking. My muscles atrophied quite a bit after the surgery, so it will be some time before I can walk for very long or very far.
But one thing I learned during my cancer treatment recovery six years ago is that I have to be patient. Recovery isn’t always swift. Little by little is is still recovery. And I’m grateful for that.
So I enjoy the sunny days and a walk by a stream on a paved path – one that has benches for when my legs and back ache just a little too much.
And I’m grateful for yoga stretches in the morning to help me start my days feeling less stiff – and more aware.
And even though I’m not the fastest in the healing category, I’m grateful for improvement. Little by little, day by day.
As my new alignment continues . . .