During confinement, yoga, which I previously practiced a couple or three times a week, became my regular practice. It is a habit that I have kept in my new normality. Every morning at 7 o’clock I get with my partner in front of the tablet so that Erin from the app DownDog guide us through a 40 minute session. In general, I am good at it, but there are postures that cost me a lot, and they are not the most acrobatic, but all those in which you have to lean your back, back flexion or back extension. In asanas such as “the cobra” (bhujangasana), “the bow” (dhanurasana), “the camel” (ustrasana) or “the fish” (matsyasana) I notice that I lack air, while my partner does them without batting an eyelid, in fact, they are easy for him. That made me suspicious … I do not have a hump or anything similar, but I could suffer a spinal injury, because also, sometimes, when I have been sitting in front of a screen for hours, my back hurts. So I went to the doctor to see if he had any kyphotic tendency, or directly, a kyphosis.
I had been recommended to Dr. José Antonio Laucirica, who in addition to being an orthopedic specialist in sports medicine. When he sees me, he orders me to have a scoliogram, an x-ray of all the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, to detect and diagnose possible injuries or deformations of the spine.
He studies it and … I have nothing serious … just a slight kyphosis and some scoliosis. Kyphosis is an injury in which the spine is twisted forward, something very normal if you spend 8 hours in front of the computer, or if you are tall or shy. Scoliosis is when the spine is “S” or “C” shaped. In my case, one hip is a little higher than the other. Luckily I don’t have lordosis, that physiological curvature of the spine in the cervical or lumbar region. It is worth going to a doctor, especially if you work with a computer, or if you run, since if you discover it in time you can remedy more serious problems with exercises or visits to the physical therapist.
In my case the remedy is what I am already doing, a lot of physical exercise. The reason why my lower back does not hurt after a long stretch is because I have very strong abdominal muscles, they form a kind of girdle that stabilizes the spine. It shows that I have always had a crooked spine, and I have never had, knock on wood, a serious injury.
Dr. Laucirica also advises me to continue with my recently acquired daily yoga practice, it is perfect and even more so if I combine it with running or strength training. I ask him if I have to leave the exercises of backward flexion that cost me so much, and he advises me that, if it is not pain what I feel, –it is not, only that they are very hard and leave me breathless–, that Go on, what they will do is open my chest more, make my spine more flexible, correct this inclination of the upper back a little, achieving a better posture. So here I leave you the seven positions that best suit me, even if they make me sweat ink. And if yoga doesn’t suit you, don’t worry, here You have the best core exercises for the runner, which in addition to improving your performance, protect your spine.