antbobby Posted March 13, 2003 Report Share Posted March 13, 2003 Mr. Mel or Ms. Leigh, I was taking a class last week with a new instructor to fill in for a missed class, and we were executing a heel stretch - leg straight up in the air with the hand on the heel, repeat to the side. I'm not very flexible. I really could not grab my heel, but was using my ankle which was a little more realistic for my stretch, I cannot execute the splits. The instructor asked me to "try and grab the heel", which I complied with and I totally wrecked my back. I now have a severe shooting sciatic pain down my right side (which was my supporting leg at the time) and I'm at the chiropractors. I've been on muscle relaxers and motrin since I did this. I cannot raise my right leg behind me due to shooting pain. I realize as an adult that the exercises are optional if we feel we cannot do them, but what I'm really wondering is that perhaps this exercise is rather dangerous, especially for us lower flexed and older dancers who tend to get lower back spasms... which I have had a boatload of recently (cambre forward comes to mind). I'm curious if this exercise is really a good idea, if there is a different way of stretching the leg without grabbing the heel, is it safer to do some other way, or just bag it entirely? I think I put entirely too much stress on my lower back in trying to get my heel up and extend it and I really must have been a sight. Any suggestions? Thanks for listening to me whine. I am bummed I am not able to go to class. Quote Link to comment
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