I need some advice I am a yoga teacher but only qualified Dec 2008 and have not come across anything quite like this before. I will fill you in on the background but please ask for more info if you think you can help.
My son is 17 years old and a complete computer geek…he would sit all day if we let him tapping away and he wants to be a games programmer so he will more than likely be spending more and more time at the pc.
In that last year or so he has taken up badminton and begun to play football (messing around with friends not a team sport version) and last week attended a karate class. Up until this time he has not really undertaken any real sports or physical activites he’s not even a keen swimmer although we insisted he learn when he was younger.
Now he gets lots of aches and pains and realises that he is not flexible and I think the karate class really showed him some of this along with his lack of endurance. He never sleeps well complains of back pain, neck and wrist quite frequently. He is very over 6 feet tall and very very slim build his waist is only 28" although he eats pretty much most of the time. He asked me to do some yoga with him to try and help him.
He can’t sit cross legged so I sat him on 3 blocks but he still had to have his legs in front of him bent with feet on floor but could not hold this for long either. He does not bend through his hips but uses is lower spine and I think has a kyphotic curve but he can flatten in with some effort briefly. These things I could see were mainly due to, obviously kyphosis for upper body, but extremely tight hamstrings and weak abdominals which I can work on gently. We came to do cat/cow flexing the spine and the pressure in his hands actually brought tears to his eyes even flattening and stretching his fingers caused pain in his palm and underside of his fingers. I tried using blocks to stop the fingers flattening but the pressure in his palms still caused pain. I am thinking it may be carpal tunnel syndrome but thought I would ask if anyone had any experience of this type of thing in someone so young? He can’t even sit with legs wide in front of him and lean back on his hands without pain.
Any advice on where to start? As I am so close to the subject I don’t think I am thinking as clearly as I might if it was a normal client - should the doctors or chriopractor be the first step to get a clear diagnosis?