When I started the “Tried & Tested” for Osteopath Coby Langford’s Back Pain Bootcamp, I really didn’t have much idea what to expect. I’d tried various exercise regimes over the years, including those claiming to be specifically for helping back pain, but they had all either done nothing or aggravated the pain. In all honesty I had given up hope of ever finding relief for my long-standing pain. However, the meticulous scientific logic of Coby’s programme had a credibility which appealed to my scientific brain and so I decided to give it a go.
After the first couple of days my pain was indeed aggravated, but I determined to continue with following her regime to the letter because her testimonials were so very impressive. I limped through the days, finding it harder and harder to put pressure on my right leg, and had begun to wonder whether I should stop.
However, on day 7 something very weird happened…..weird and remarkable. I was standing in the kitchen loading the dishwasher when suddenly the pain disappeared. I found myself standing without pain for the first time in years. I was astonished!!
More than that, I had a totally alien sensation through my body which I can only describe as a ‘rooted’ feeling. I can honestly say that I do not remember feeling like this at any point in my adult life. It was totally strange to my body, and yet very good indeed.
That night I my usual choir rehearsal which involves standing while singing – requiring a lot of muscular support – for 3 hours. Normally this is a really challenge for me and I have to shift my weight from leg to leg trying to ease the discomfort. On this night I can honestly say it was a new experience. I was able to stand straight, and actually comfortable, with no need to lean or sit, and that lovely supported, rooted sensation was there the entire evening.
It’s clear what this is – this is the stabilising muscles in my back having switched on again. What is totally evident from my experience is that mine had indeed been switched off for most of my life, just as Coby’s programme stated.
Since then I’ve had intermittent pain, with the right side very sensitive and still being in spasm, but not as bad as it was. The new stabilised feeling is still there though.
So I’m now going into week 2. Coby explains that this is usually a challenging week because the movement muscles which have been providing stabilising all these years now need to be relaxed and got out of spasm which may make me feel wobbly. I’m now extremely optimistic of getting the promised results though and am eager to continue with my Back Pain Bootcamp.
If you didn’t read my first post, which goes through Coby’s theory and the basis of her Soothe Method, check it out here.