For most, we do something like horse riding because of the way it makes us feel. However, as with every sport and past time, injuries and compensations can occur within the body. Through my experience as an equestrian and osteopath, most horse riders experience similar types and areas of pain.
I ignored a niggly pain in my lower back last month. There were no appointment times that suited me, so I took the “she’ll be right” approach. Mistake. Two weeks later I was cancelling appointments with my clients because I couldn’t work.
Now, I’m fortunate. I’m an osteopath. I know low back pain, I know other osteopaths. I was able to get things back under control fairly quickly.
But a lurking thought kept creeping in: What if it hadn’t just been a niggle? What if I’d hurt myself seriously? What if, rather than needing a long weekend off work, I’d needed a few weeks?
It’s a sobering thought to think about how you’re going to pay the bills when you’re an injured sub-contractor.
Meditation – that’s that sitting thing for monks, yogis and hippies, right? I mean really, who has the time? You don’t understand, my To-Do List is a mile long, there are other, more important things I need to do! Like sleep, or the dishes, or return that phone call…