And hello November! I’m entering the final two months of the year with a smile on my face, because finally, FINALLY, I seem to be getting on top of the back problem that’s been plaguing me all year, and in a very weird way… read on!
The lower facet joints in my spine have degenerated quite badly and there’s no cartilage left there, which means I’m “bone on bone”, i.e. in pain! But after a year of physiotherapy, steroid injections into my back and “controlled exercise”, all of which helped to a certain degree, keeping me stable but not really moving forwards, my physio decided to try some new techniques, the first of which sounds very odd but OH MY GOODNESS it has worked wonders! And this magical technique is… walking backwards. Yep, walking backwards, mainly on a treadmill (I’ve rented one for at home) or just up and down a room or corridor (very carefully, and making sure I clear a space first – I nearly ended up upside down in a bin the first time I did this).
The theory is that this helps to “repattern” your body, using muscles we don’t normally use and doing things like shifting your pelvis alignment and opening up the facet joints which reduces pressure and therefore helps to ease lower back pain. It’s very big in China, apparently, where lots of people can be seen doing it in parks and so on! I felt a difference within a week of doing it for 20 minutes a day – the pain I had going down my leg started to ease.
After three weeks, my back felt so good I went for my first run outdoors since January – absolute bliss! I only ran two and a half miles along my beloved canal path near our home (pictured above), not wanting to overdo it, but had no ill effects. I’m certainly not totally “cured” but the difference in pain is immense. We’ve now added in some new bending and stretching exercises to my routine and I’m so optimistic… it’s very exciting to be able to get back out there running, I’ve missed it so much! I’m only going to do that once a week for now, but fingers crossed that this will keep working… and if you’re tempted to try the backwards walking thing, please check with your doctor/physio first (and be prepared for some very odd looks if you do it in public!).
In other news I’ve just seen the cover design for my new book, The Development, which comes out in May (the paperback is already available to pre-order and the Kindle and audiobook versions will follow). I’m delighted with this cover and think it looks beautiful next to the first two in my Cora Baxter Mysteries series (it’s a series of murder mysteries set in a TV newsroom). Big thanks to my publishers Accent Press and their clever designers!
At work we had great fun launching Ruth Langsford‘s full autumn/winter fashion range. Here’s a pic of me with Ruth and our models for the evening, Ali, Katherine and Jane. I LOVE the black jacket with faux leather detail that Jane and I are wearing – definitely one of my winter wardrobe favourites.
There’s so much great fashion around at the moment, like these gorgeous over-the-knees boots by Marc Fisher (pictured below). I’m practically living in them at the moment – so lovely and comfortable!
Hope you’re enjoying autumn and keeping well. I always love to hear from you so please leave a comment under this blog, or say hello on Twitter (@jackiekabler) or Instagram (@officialjackiekabler). Bye for now!
Love Jackie x