Hi! I am a 50 yr old female. I have been active my whole life- which I really love and do not want to give it up! I have lifted weights but to be honest, only to be strong enough to protect my body doing the things I really love (aerobics, dance etc).
So my nightmare started a year ago with sore feet. About 20 physios, 3 chiro's, 1 massage therapist and a ton of imaging later, I now have a really good handle on what the problem really was: sciatica caused by spinal & pelvis rotation. Sound hideous, eh? Haha
Apparently many peoples' spines and hips are rotated to a certain degree because we live in an asymmetrical world. This sets up a huge number of asymmetries in the neuromuscular system which then start to amplify themselves.
So I now have a handle on what muscles are over-active, what muscles are too weak etc. In many cases I can even see it on my body- some muscles even look larger.
I will be posting pictures and videos. It is too much to go into everything right now. But I wanted to post a log here because, honestly, this T-Nation web site has helped me more than anything or anyone else in the last year. The quality of instruction and depth of knowledge here far far exceeds what I have seen from the physio's I have been to. Yes, they have been good and yes I plan to keep going, but this body is my responsibility, not theirs and I really feel like keeping a log here will help me and it may helps others too.
I am really obsessed with getting back into alignment because it is really what is going to keep me young (ish)happy and active by being able to continue to do the things I love. The sciatica crisis is over but I am not kidding myself- I really need to address this.
PLEASE if anyone ever has any idea or comments, no matter what, please feel free to post! I need all the ideas I can get. Also, if you have any questions about this whole spinal rotation thing, feel free to ask- I want to share what I have learnt because the whole thing is something I wish I knew 20 years ago.