Back before I studied yoga I was horsing around with my toddling son. I did a headstand, like I used to do back in the day (too much pressure on my neck, no support from my back and shoulders) and he–of course–knocked me down. I twisted & compressed my neck something awful in an effort not to fall on him.
I was in terrible pain, went to Kaiser, got xrays and a “donut” and suffered miserably. Eventually I went back and they said, nothing’s wrong, take yoga. So I did.
The yoga helped relieve the pain for a while after each class, but I always felt something was wrong. When I extended my neck, it felt like something was in the way. I saw deep tissue massage therapists and chiropractors who helped temporarily, but again, years and years of feeling like a screwdriver was just stuck there.
18 years later, testing for my 2nd degree black belt, I was sparring with a young boy (same age as my now 18 year old son) who got tired of letting me choke him out, and dumped me on my head. I heard a huge adjustment–again a twist and a compression–and I freaked out, assuming I would be worse than ever. I got up slowly, iced my neck like crazy and cried in the bathroom. I had not really wanted to spar, even though I love it, I hate getting injured and feel stupid–I am, after all, in my late 40’s after all–I feel like such a dope.
Anyway, a day went by, then a week, no pain, in fact…LIBERATION! The screwdriver is gone!!!
I feel such vast relaxation and relief. It’s like a gigantic load has been removed from not only my neck but also my soul. I feel calm like I haven’t been in years.
So while I thank the Universe for antibotics and all the advances in medical science, I want to know why they can’t see something like like what I felt was wrong.