- May 19 at 11:24 AM
Just to remind you who I was.... although I had no symptomatic pain, my three lab partners and I recognized asymmetries in my pelvis.However, being new to the work, we had each misdiagnosed my issue.Once you went over upslip vs. downslip, you demonstrated on me.After you diagnosed my right downslip, you corrected it and I felt no different aside from that interesting tingling in the right side of my neck.For that, I already ordered Dr. Riter's device as you suggested.
But when I went to my Pilates class this morning which involves many tandem standing exercises on the clinical reformer, I found that my need to self-correct my hips was ever so slight and in one pose, nonexistent.Consistently for the past 3 years, every time I was in a lunge type posture, my hips would always need correcting. Usually the left one would excessively rotate outward and only with feedback from a mirror or an instructor pointing it out would I be able to correct it. I understood that rotated was what my body felt was neutral.Not the case today.
This morning in six different tandem standing poses, my need for self-correction was so minimal, it took my breath away.In one pose, I needed no correction at all.I even had the instructor come and double check what I thought was happening to make sure I was being objective!
Thank you so much not only for correcting my downslip, but more importantly, for teaching us a new way to gently and simply help our patients. With more practice on my husband, I feel comfortable that I will be able to improve my awareness of recoil and improve my assessment skills.
I am currently the primary investigator on a pilot study examining the effect of vibration during exercise on burn patients during both PT and OT. Although only on the 38th subject of 100 potential subjects and two years into the study, I am truly excited about the work's potential to help lessen burn patients' pain. Although in the burn center, we always assume our patients' pain is burn related, I am certain patients arrive with issues that may have preceded their burn injury. I am hoping once this study wraps up to design one which incorporates Pilates into their treatment and perhaps incorporate some of your work. I will certainly let you know when I get to that point.
Thank you for a truly inspiring course and thank you for your continued work toward advancing our field in a helpful direction.
Sondra Ulbrich, MSPTPhysical Therapist
University of Miami Jackson Memorial Burn Center
Jackson Memorial HospitalMiami, FL