How Feldenkrais and Knitting Saved Me

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on How Feldenkrais and Knitting Saved Me

Feldenkrais and Knitting

How did my Feldenkrais experience help me?

Earlier this year I took a fall going down the stairs half asleep. Suspecting a left forearm fracture I immediately consulted with a surgeon friend who expedited the process for radiographs on my elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Soon after I was given the news of a non-displaced fracture of the radial head. Resigning to eight weeks of healing I began gentle integrative movements from my experience with the Feldenkrais Method. Nine days into this and doing well, I decided to do a little knitting which is a favorite hobby of mine. Knitting for just a short period of time I began to feel excruciating pain in my left wrist and hand. Calling the doctor the next day I was told that it was “perfectly typical” for the type of injury I had and more pain medication would be prescribed.¬†With my experience as a physical therapist and a Feldenkrais practitioner I knew better.

Long story and five weeks from the fall MRI and CT testing was finally ordered and it was discovered that I had a scapholunate ligamentous rupture in my left hand and surgery was scheduled the same week. Time was of the essence to be able to preserve the available ligament and to prevent any further damage to the hand from instability.

What did knitting have to do with any of this?

So what did knitting have to do with this? Thinking long and hard and talking with my orthopedic surgeon it became evident that the rupture happened during the fall. When I did minimal movements with the wrist all appeared well. However, with knitting the movements provoked instability and subsequently pain in the hand. Had I not knitted the likelihood would have been the length of time from the injury would have been longer before it was discovered. This would have made the likelihood of success from the surgery less than optimal. Also, had I not had the body awareness from my Feldenkrais background I may have passed the pain off to something that just needed to heal and again missed the timing opportunity for successful surgery.

So, I thank my Feldenkrais body awareness and the ability to listen to my body after knitting for an impending successful surgery. Stay tuned for results and experiences from this upcoming event!