Great presentation of the subject matter. Looking forward to the next one.
Hi Chek family,
I have also shared this to info@institute
I’m emailing to share my experience with the scientific core conditioning workshop last weekend in Rainbow and the events of this past week. Bear with me as this is a long message but definitely has an interesting twist.
I was blown away not only by the views from the top of the mountain but also by the generosity with which Paul and Matt shared their knowledge and took time to answer all of our questions. I will definitely be back for more workshops and hope to work my way through much much more Chek education.
Since returning home from the workshop I have felt inspired. The information truly resonated with me and I immediately began implementing all of my newly acquired knowledge to the best of my ability. I loved teaching my clients these new testing and exercise techniques and explaining the importance behind each.
I felt a particular personal connection, or lack there of, with the TVA activation and tummy vacuum exercise. I had a string lightly tied around my waist for two days post workshop reminding myself to diaphragmatically breathe and not balloon out to brace every time I bent over, as that was my previous go-to strategy. By day three I was getting it down and began having real success with the tummy vacuum. I also noticed less need for constant stretching and cracking to make my low back feel better/more aligned. I felt my low back and SI joints were more stable in many ways.
While doing a tummy vacuum I even noticed what felt like a small stone being pulled up from the lower right hand porting of my abdomen. I thought to myself, “that’s really getting stuff moving”. More on that later…
I have had occasional swelling and discomfort in that area for well over 5 years now and attributed it to going off the rails on my diet or potentially working out too hard and aggravating my psoas muscle. I even went in to make sure it wasn’t a hernia a few years back.
The Tuesday after I returned home from the workshop I had a mildly challenging workout attempting to incorporate more of the inner unit stabilization techniques we discussed over the weekend. The next day my core was sore in ways I had never felt. A global soreness that spanned my entire abdominal wall, but deeper than the traditional rectus abdominal training I was used to. Throughout the day the soreness began to localize to the lower and then lower right hand side. The soreness starting to turn to pain. Over night I was tossing and turning with pain and feverish symptoms. Things became clear that this was no longer a sore TVA. I was suspicious of appendicitis and went straight to the ER. After some testing my suspicions were confirmed and I was presented with the findings:
Acute appendicitis with prominent appendix measuring 8 mm and appendicolith at the base. Mild perivascular change.
Due to the appendicolith at the base, the recommendations leaned pretty hard towards a laparoscopic appendectomy as the alternative treatment with antibiotics seldom works for cases such as mine.
This would be my first surgery and after all the talk of scar complications over the weekend I was less than excited to get cut open. But I decided to go for it.
I no longer have an appendix and the surgery went smoothly. All in all I was in the hospital for just under twenty four hours and I am home recovering in far less pain than when I went in.
Apologies again for this long detailed messages but I felt the need to share my story and the synchronicity of events.
So as I mentioned before while I was doing these tummy vacuum exercises I felt something almost like a little stone in that lower right quadrant of my abdomen pull up. And then again on the next one. But then that was it and I thought “man I’m really clearing **** out here”. But maybe I was clogging **** up. As the CT scan indicated with an “appendicolith at the base”. And I think I pulled that little piece of **** right up to the base of my appendix and it got stuck. And what was once a low level irritation was now a full blown ticking time bomb.
I am an eternally optimistic person but this feels truly meant to be. I have been dealing with this low level inflammation and discomfort in that region for years but not until I learned the tools to properly rehab myself did it come to fruition. Happening right after the workshop and potentially being triggered because of an exercise I learned in this training.
I am eternally grateful for the wisdom shared over the weekend and can’t thank Paul and Matt and everyone at the Chek academy enough for this experience. I’m tearing up as I write this, and no I’m not on pain meds anymore 😂. This feels like a fresh start to rebuild my mind and body better than before.
I would love for Paul and Matt to hear my story to know if they’ve had any other clients experience anything similar or if there are any recommendations for post surgical rehab for the scarring or abdominal rehabilitation ...
Highly recommend. Loved every minute of it so much information. So much knowledge. This should be taught at the schools everywhere.