As a seasoned yoga practitioner and instructor, I often heard other teachers’ accounts of injuries sustained through yoga, which perplexed me as one of the reasons why yoga is prescribed is to alleviate pain and rehabilitate the body from injury. I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago and remember struggling with a deep neck compression pose back then.
2 months ago, while attempting to execute this very same pose, I ended up with a very painful herniated cervical disc. I had already met Amy last year after experiencing pain in my scapula at the end of a physically challenging teacher training. Amy immediately identified the source of pain and set me on the road to recovery with stabilizing & strengthening exercises and the occasional dry needling. Once the pain subsided, I no longer felt the need to continue my sessions, although she had explained that this sort of injury would take a minimum 2-3 months of regular physiotherapy to heal. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow her advice and over the following months, I continued to practice, thereby
aggravating my pre-existing injury. This was the real root of my subsequent herniated disc.
I called Amy who, after seeing me in the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my neck and shoulder, immediately managed to book an appointment with a top neurosurgeon. I was prescribed a potent cocktail of painkillers and anti-inflammatories as well as the potential option of surgery to relieve the herniated disc. With this dire prognosis, I went back to Amy in tears, dreading the prospect of surgery and an indefinite course of medication. Amy talked me through what physiotherapy could do for my injury. She preached patience: anywhere
between 3-6 months of regular, twice weekly physiotherapy sessions. Every week she would work on my neck, shoulder and scapula, prescribing at-home exercises. Week after week I felt better, stronger. After 2 months, I finally have no more pain. This time the wiser from my previous experience, I am continuing the physiotherapy.
Amy is the most caring, knowledgeable and encouraging person I have met. She went over and beyond her line of duty to make sure that I recover fully. Thanks to her, and with a little common sense and caution, I am able to practice yoga fully again. Amy continues to update my weekly exercises and I am forever grateful to her for where I am today.”