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Submitted 07-Dec-18 by
Nancy Briggs, Practitioner, Sutton West, Ontario
Keywords: severe fall
On December 1st 2018 I was at an indoor trampoline and rock climbing park. There was auto belay devices at each wall that you attach to your harness yourself. I was about to race my partner, hooked him into his belay and set up the camera to video it. Got into start position and then completely forgot to attach my own belay. We started racing and I made it about 15 feet up the wall before I got stuck and couldn't go any further. I pushed off the wall in a seated position expecting the harness to catch me. Free fall to the floor. I didn't even really realize that I was about to hit the floor so when I did I was still completely relaxed. I hit the floor perfectly flat on my glutes with legs out in front of me in a V. My spine compressed downward then the momentum brought my spine into maximum flexion whiplash from sacrum to suboccipitals. I heard a lot of vertebrae crack like knuckles as the whiplash went from bottom to top. The floor had a 2 inch gym mat with an absorbent subfloor so the impact was cushioned. I got up slowly, paying attention to my body. I didn't feel anything unusual but once the adrenaline wore off I felt lightheaded, dizzy, had a slight headache (which was there prior) and felt tired. I didn't do any activities for about 20 minutes, when I tried to lightly bounce on a trampoline a few times just to see how I felt and I got pain in the T11-L2 region during the compression part of the jump, felt like it was more spinal rather than muscular so I stopped immediately. On the way home I had some slurred speech. Once home I requested a long distance Body Talk session and did Cortices. The next 2 days I was extremely sore. I did ROM testing and didn't have anything unusual. The more I consider what happened the more I feel there's an energetic component that wasn't so obvious at first. I injured myself in a snowboarding fall in 2000 where I fell very hard on my tailbone. I have always just lived with the pain that sometimes happened when I sit on hard surface for extended periods of time. Recently I began a massage therapy course at college and get therapy for free so have begun focusing on my hips and glutes. When the therapist touches my right piriformis muscle I get an "autonomic phenomenon" (which is the industry term for something they can't explain ha!) that puts an immediate lump in my throat and makes me want to instantaneously cry. I was on week 2 of treatment for that when the fall happened. Interesting. :)
Now, on day 3... I have some light muscle soreness in my posterior neck and that is it! An amazing recovery in my opinion.
Thank you to Nancy Briggs for her treatment and care.