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Last time I learned this, I was 9 months old [Dec. 3rd, 2015|04:12 pm]
I am relearning how to walk.

After taking a number of falls, I finally admitted that I needed to see a physical therapist about it.

She made me walk. And then told me how I was doing it all wrong. My posture, the way I step, the way I hold my head.

I have to relearn it all. She told me that it would take time, and that it would be painful. She is right about all of it. Remembering to walk with my head up, to lift my legs differently, to hold my body differently, it's exhausting.

I'm worn out my walking down the street.

Like all physical training, it will get better. For right now? It's a pain in my neck. And butt. And lower back.

[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-12-04 01:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that is hard work. Your older self will definitely appreciate it, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-04 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's precisely for my older self that I'm doing this now. I hope she remembers to be grateful to past Gini who went through all this pain. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: unmutual
2015-12-04 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh goodness, yes, I've been through that and it is *hard*! In my case it was learning to keep my foot straight when I'm stepping off, and not let it roll to the outside. I'm pretty good about it now except when I'm really, really tired.

Good luck :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-04 04:26 pm (UTC)
I have to have faith that it will eventually come naturally. Because right now it feels stiff and ridiculous--even though when I walked with Ferrett he asked if I was walking right because he couldn't see a difference!
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[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2015-12-04 04:40 am (UTC)
I've found as each muscle gets strong the next one starts to hurt! :D You can do it - I'm sure a lot of us could use advice on proper walking and posture.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-04 04:27 pm (UTC)
I expect that every few days I will get a tweak in another muscle group.
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[User Picture]From: noevilliveon
2015-12-04 05:38 am (UTC)
I'm doing this right now. It suuuuucks because of the exhaustion and frustration and occasional pain.

But it's so worth it.

(I had seriously problematic feet- like, completely collapsed arches from a very young age- so I walked very strangely and badly to cope with them, and that resulted in screwing up my back and my hips and my knees and my ankles and... ow. I had one foot reconstructed 2 years ago and had to re-learn walking now that one of my feet was different and I had to use all sorts of different posture and stride to accommodate having two different feet. Now I'm doing it all over again after fixing the other foot in May, because now my feet are the same again and now I have to learn how to walk with two similar feet that are completely different from what I had for the first 26 years of life. All after first just re-learning how to stand at all, because not being allowed to walk for 3 months while your foot is in a cast being fixed plays hell on all your leg muscles.)

My point is, I feel you. But the end results should be awesome for both of us.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2015-12-04 02:20 pm (UTC)
I have a similar issue - doing too much too fast after abdominal surgery led to a lower back injury and now the way I hold my pelvis is all wrong. I've been considering physical therapy for it, maybe I should get off my butt and do something about it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-04 04:28 pm (UTC)
Here's to awesome!!!
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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2015-12-04 06:21 pm (UTC)
I had to do this 2½ years ago when I got out of hospital and needed a foot brace. Now having to relearn how to walk on one leg, now that the left foot is gone. Trust in your therapists, but push yourself, too. I vowed to always do one more than they asked.

Hold your head up high! (grin)

Dr. Phil

Edited at 2015-12-04 06:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
We'll both keep up the good fight!
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2015-12-05 01:25 pm (UTC)
I hope it works, love, and that the end result is pain-free (and fall free) mobility.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-05 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear. This growing old shit ain't fun.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-07 06:53 pm (UTC)

Re: I can relate -- but it's worth it!

Glad to hear positive results. Yesterday it was hard walking right. I'm taking a day off to rest up.
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[User Picture]From: zeldakitty
2015-12-06 01:31 am (UTC)
I just had total knee replacement in both knees, June 4 of this year. I remember relearning how to walk and I pitch totally differently now that I am physically unable to walk in my former knock-kneed, pigeon-toed manner (the new machinery does not allow for that). Walking now feels so different in my hips and lower back - and yes, it hurts when you're starting out again.

I actually saw my walk for about six total steps for the first time last week at the gym, along a long wall of mirrors and it was just crazy how different my walk is now. And new. The whole movement feels so totally different.

I totally get it. Good on you for working on yourself. it's a lifelong work. It's a good work.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-07 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's good to know that others have these issues, even though I'd rather NONE of us had to deal with it!
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