Growing older with cerebral palsy doesn’t come without its difficulties. Taking advice over the years from consultants who thought they knew what was best, like walking barefoot potentially hasn’t been the best advice.
Although walking barefoot nowadays has a lot to do with earthing, (connecting to the Earth’s natural energy by walking on grass barefoot) the consultant wasn’t referring to earthing. He wanted to make sure I was sturdy on my feet.
Having a leg length difference was always going to impact my back, hips and spine. Now I have pain in my lower back. I have always known I need to exercise, it wasn’t something I could ever cut down on or stop.
But it has become clear that the types of exercises I have been doing such as step, rebounding and skipping haven’t been good for me. This is something else I’ve had no guidance on.
Scoliosis is another problem I didn’t think about, primarily because I didn’t know I had it until I was 25, but that has also had a marked effect on my gait and how I walk and has impacted my leg length difference even more.
I have never given my disability any thought around my exercises because I was never that bad. Now when I am able to go back to exercise, perhaps I need to be mindful and think about my disability too.