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    Val’sheril Starsong
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    Just had an interesting experience.  I tweaked my back moving my turkey around yesterday (I have an old work injury that occasionally gets aggravated and I sometimes lift at stupid angles) and was in a good deal of pain.  Not emergency-room levels of pain but more than the “background noise” of aches and pains by a long shot.  For unrelated reasons I found myself in stiletto heels (I believe once one corrects for platform they were about five inches) later in the day and the pain was gone until I took them off, more than 12 hours later.  Now granted I tend to consume a bit of alcohol when I dress, and had stepped up the ibuprofen when the incident occurred, but it got me curious.

    A quick google search later and apparently I’m not alone.  There are even doctors saying that wearing high heels can help with lower back pain.  Granted there are also doctors saying they *cause* lower back pain so verdict’s out on that.

    Anyways, I’m experimenting with wearing heels when I’m at home (as I’m still very much a closet dresser) and so far the pain seems to be better with them on than off.  Though the higher heels seem yield more drastic results.

    Am I crazy or has anyone else experienced this?

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      Alex Hill
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      Several years ago I listened to a podcast about running which mentioned this topic, one of the hosts, a physiotherapist and runner I believe, relayed a story about meeting a lady wearing high heels and a pencil skirt. He commented how wearing such attire would form good therapy. I can’t remember the exact details unfortunately, but at the time it did inspire me to write a short TG fiction story:

      Sports Therapy Story

      Jonny buzzed the buzzer twice of his sports therapist.

      “Come in Jonny” Sara’s voice sounded on down the intercom.

      Jonny had poor posture and poor gait, Sara, a qualified sports therapist and friend of his wife’s, was supposed to help him with it. He climbed the stairs wondering what treats Sara had in store for him today, last session she had massaged his legs, twisting and pulling them in all directions, then she had watched him walk up and down.

      “Hiya, you alright?” Sara greeted him as he reached the top of the stairs.

      “I fine thanks” Jonny smiled at her. He gave her the once over. Sara was an attractive girl maybe in her late twenty’s, early thirty’s. Unlike most sports therapists she dressed in business wear, today was no exception sporting a brown pencil skirt with matching suit jacket, black tights and loose white blouse.

      The studio was a medium square room, the far wall lined with therapeutic instruments the sort of thing which wouldn’t look out of place in a gym. There was a black leather sofa and swivel chair in the nearside corner.

      Jonny sat down on the sofa while Sara took the swivel chair and sat facing him. “Ok then” she started, “I thought we would do some practical today, I’m going to observe you walking.”

      Oh no massage today, Jonny thought disappointed.

      “Lets get to it” Sara stated with genuine enthusiasm, “You’ll need to take your shoes off so I can see your walk”

      Jonny stood up and slid his smart loafers off his feet, like Sara he was also in business wear, this was a lunch time appointment.

      “Ok, walk the length of the room please”

      Jonny complied, striding steadily across the room and back.

      “Good, good” Sara praised “that’s it, keep that posture, make long strides.”

      Jonny kept pacing, standing tall, taking big steps, it felt so good to walk like this. He’d started to encompass this walking style into everyday, he couldn’t keep it up for long periods though it was quite tiring.

      “Ok that’s enough” Sara called on his third lap. “That was good, I’m going to make it a bit harder now, need to restrict your gait. For that I’m going to need some props” She said the last part with a small smile. No doubt she was going to bring out some silly looking but effective medical instrument which would make him look ridiculous.

      Jonny stood barefoot watching Sara rummage through a chest along the wall beside her swivel chair.

      “Here we are” Sara straightened turning to face him. She had a bundle of fabric draped over her arm, which she opened out and held out in front of her. “This is a Pencil Skirt” she exclaimed, “rather like the one I’m wearing today.” She moved the skirt to one side and have her hips a little wiggle “This type of skirt is well known for being restrictive, it means you won’t be able to stride quite as much.”

      Jonny nodded and moved to take the skirt.

      “You’ll need these as well, they’ll help circulation in your legs” Sara handed him a pair of opaque black tights. “You can change behind the screen”

      It wasn’t until Jonny was behind the screen starting to unbuckle his belt he realised the items he was expected to wear were actual pieces of woman’s clothing, not just therapeutic instruments. He checked the label of the skirt and sure enough, it had come from a well known woman’s high street store.

      He knew how to put tights on, but still felt very silly as he rolled them up his legs. They emitted a distinct pressure on his legs which Jonny wasn’t used too but decided it was actually quite a pleasant feeling. He often mocked the guys at the cycling club who wore tight fitting thermals. Yet here he was wearing actual woman’s tights, and quite enjoying the experience.

      Next came the skirt, he stepped into it and pulled it up his legs, reaching round to fasten the zip at the back. He could barely feel the skirt through the tights as he stood still, preparing to show himself to Sara.

      With a deep breath, excitement tingling in him, Jonny began to walk out from behind the screen. He abruptly stopped though realising he could barely move his right leg forward. Jonny carefully brought his left leg forward, stepping a foot in front of his right. He repeated the process with his right foot, then his left again, then right, getting faster and faster. A grinning Sara came into view, as he rounded the screen, he tried to stride towards her in a flury of short quick steps. He managed to keep his stride length short enough that the skirt didn’t restrict him, but they were so short and quick he almost lost balance several times, nearly crashing on the sofa.

      Sara couldn’t help but giggle at his antics making Jonny blush. He felt completely out his depth, totally reliant on Sara, both for her knowledge of gait and sports therapy, but also on her ability, being a woman, to navigate this hindrance of femininity.

      “Ok” Sara said unable to keep her enjoyment out her voice, or just not bothering “same as before, walk up and down, I’ll observe. Nice and slow now.”

      Jonny moved carefully and slowly, like a tight rope walker suspended fifty feet above the ground. After a couple of relays with some praise from Sara Jonny relaxed and comfortable, he sped up. Speeding up meant his gait increased and he found the skirt start to restrict his movement once more, it pressed on the front thigh of his leading leg, and on the back thigh of his trailing leg. His confidence grown though, he no longer felt off balance and welcomed the restrictive feeling.

      “That’s it” Sara called, “stretch those legs, your not a graceful lady, show that skirt whose boss”

      Buoyed by Sara’s comments Jonny stretched his stride some more, he felt confident, powerful even. The skirt and tights were conspiring against him, the skirt restricting his movement, the tights making his legs hot and sweaty. Adrenaline caused through Jonny’s veins, giving him a high which could only be matched during intensive exercise or passionate sex.

      “I think you’ve mastered the skirt” Sara said, “lets make it a little harder and try a pair of heels”

      Jonny stopped pacing, Sara went back to chest pulling out a pair of smart black high heeled shoes.

      “Do you make all your male clients dress up like this” Jonny asked, bemused. He was all for trying on a pair of heels though.

      “One or two I have, its a new thing, I was listening to a podcast about gait, it featured pencil skirts and one of the experts stated wearing a pencil skirt with heels has therapeutic benefits for people with gait problems.” Sara handed Jonny the shoes “your the only one who has shown any confidence though, everyone else either refused to do it or was too embarrassed to really give it a go.”

      “As long as your not going to give me homework” Jonny grinned, “I’m not sure my wife would appreciate me dressing like this, therapeutic benefits of not”

      “She might enjoy it” Sara smiled.

      Jonny smiled back meekly, he wasn’t so sure, although it would be great if his wife did do something like this to him.

      The shoes were black fastened with strap over the front of his ankle, Jonny had slipped them onto his feet easy enough, but bending down to do the strap up was proving difficult. He had to sit down on the sofa.

      Jonny felt rather off balance in the high heels, more so than he had after putting the pencil skirt on, just standing was an effort. He took a tentative step forward, followed by another and proceeded to walk across the room. It was different now he wobbled with every step, he wanted to take a long step and plant his foot firmly on the ground, but the restrictive pencil skirt prohibited that.

      It took him a whole minute to reach the other side of the room and when he did he stood still for a moment regaining his balance.

      “Go on your doing really well” Sara said, “its difficult isn’t it?”

      Jonny nodded and stockily made his way back towards her.

      A few more runs and Jonny had recovered his confidence, still feeling wobbly though he did not raise to the standard he had set in just the pencil skirt.

      “Ok, I think you’ve had enough skirt therapy for one day” Sara called after his fourth attempt, “You’ve done really well, I’m impressed.”

      “Skirt therapy, is that what your calling it” Jonny chuckled, trotting over to collapse on the sofa, his legs ached.

      “Yes, that’s what it is therapy from wearing a pencil skirt”

      “And heels” Jonny added, unbuckling the heels on his feet, “what about the tights though, I didn’t really need to wear them did I?”

      Sara’s guilty look told Jonny all he needed to know.

      “I was just having a bit of fun” Sara admitted, “It has been proven that tights do improve circulation, but there was no real need for you to wear them today.”

      “You devil” Jonny beamed, his face hardend “I’d be careful though not all your clients will appreciate your cheekiness.”

      “No not all will” Sara agreed, “but I was pretty sure you would.”

      Grinning from ear to ear that he had been well and truly had, Jonny headed off to get changed. He swung his legs around, as much as the skirt would allow anyway, feeling liberated now he had got rid of those damned heels.

      Behind the screen once more Jonny slipped the skirt off with a fleeting feeling of sadness and rather hoped there’d be more sessions like this.

      “We’ll do lots more practice” Sara assured him with a light smile as he emerged dressed back in his work trousers.

      A lot more practice they did, when Jonny turned up to his session the following week, laid on the back of the sofa was the black pencil skirt, this time with sheer black tights, a thin loose white buttoned blouse and lacy underwear.

      • #582269
        Val’sheril Starsong
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        Wonderful!  I need this therapist in my life!

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        Sylvia
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        Great Story Alex !
        Hope the first of many.

        Love Sylvia.

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        Lynda Jones
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        loved the story, my would be my dream come true. More More please

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        Sky Woods
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        I loved this. Thank you. ❤️

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      • #580751
        Lara Tucker
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        Alex, You should write more of this, you are good at it!

        There are published stories out there that are not written this well.

        Hugs, Lara

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        • #581046
          Alex Hill
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          Thanks Lara, as a want to be self published author that means a lot! Particularly as this story was written several years ago with no technical knowledge of writing.

          Not to toot my own trumpet, but I know what you mean re published stories! I’ve read some rubbish in my time!

          I have a number of short TG fiction stories (pretty much all in the sweet and sentimental category), and was wondering whether CH is a good place to share them. I’m going to make a post in the general forum and see what people and the administrators think.

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        Beth Green
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        Great story! Are there more chapters?

        Beth

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        • #581057
          Alex Hill
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          No more chapters I’m afraid, this was just a stand alone. But I do have more short stories to share!

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    • #580367
      Rosiebeth
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      Well. I know when I strained my Achilles’ tendon and I was told to put it into a more relax position and the doctor wearing a heel lift would help.  Well.  Doctors orders, so pumps it was. TeeHee

      but seriously it helped a lot.

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    • #580358
      stephanie plumb
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      I tweaked my back moving my turkey around yesterday

      ?????!  Wow!  Some turkey.   Heading for the oven?  Grappling with it in the yard?  Do tell us please….

      But back on topic.

      Back in June here in the UK, the weather was dry and warm. So I wore some 3″ heeled sandals when walking my dog 2poos. As the weather was so nice I walked for longer than usual- over two hours  at a time. Silly me.

      Result?

      Shin splints.  A rather painful inflammatory condition caused by over exercising the shins or wearing the wrong footwear. Runners are prone to it.

      It took me 3 months to recover. I could only walk about 100 yards without excruciating pain.

      So, girls, don’t take poochie  for long walks on rough ground in heels!

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      • #582270
        Val’sheril Starsong
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        Actually nothing so exciting.  I had just brought the frozen bird home (15 lb for the record) and was checking the fit in my ice chest for thawing purposes.  And stupid me, I was bent over at the waist.  Should have known, I’ve tweaked my back picking up a spoon at the wrong angle.

        Sorry to hear about the shin splints, one does need to be careful with heels and rough ground even without the doggos!

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      Patty Phose
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      I just love wearing heels and pantyhose. They are so wonderfully and splendidly femme. I’ve been wearing both since I was 4. For sexy legs, looking their best, pantyhose and heels are inseparable.

      I love the experience of walking in heels and the sensation of silky pantyhose gently caressing my legs when I do. It’s such a wonderful femme experience. I love being a crossdresser.

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    • #580291
      Rachel Hayes
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      Not sure about physical therapy, but wearing heels do absolute wonders for my mental health *giggles*

      I guess the test here would be to wear them again next time your injury flares up and see if you get the same result.

      Love Rachel

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      • #582271
        Val’sheril Starsong
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        Wait, you mean I have to wear heels AGAIN?!  Oh darn, whatever shall I do?

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      Lacy Satin
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      I don’t know anything about wearing heels helping with back pain. I love wearing heels but if I wear them too long my feet hurt.

      I had a great excuse I gave my wife once for wearing nylons and sleeping in a silky nightgown. It made my sunburn feel better.

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      Stephanie Kennedy
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      Hi Val’sheril. Wouldn’t that be funny if your Drs prescription for your back pain included walk a mile in 4″ stilettos once a day. I can hear it now from my wife as she leaves for the day. Don’t forget to get out and walk a mile in your new heels. That is something i would never forget  I do agree wearing heels for even a couple of hours changes how you stand a walk, maybe there is something to it, I wish.

      Luv Stephanie

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      Laura Lovett
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      Yes, I’ve noticed this too.

      I have a little bubble of fluid in my spine that continually presses down on the discs, so, when one crumbles a bit as they do naturally as you get older (the process starts around age 35), if the pressure gets to a nerve, I can be immobilised by pain.

      I had it all explained to me, with a walkthrough of an MRI scan, by a very informative consultant at John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

      As I had to take some time off the first couple of times it happened, I discovered the heels effect, when I felt well enough to walk around, and CD.

      The stretch on the calves and thighs, and the position my back was put into was wonderful!

      As you say, you also are forced to bend differently, which also worked wonders, and I believe helps me to recover more quickly.

      I’m not a doctor though, so usual disclaimers apply – you only get one back, girls – look after it!

      Love Laura

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      Grace Scarlett
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      Hi..

      I must agree….

      I dont get any pain when wearing heels…for however long….I’m guessing it’s because we totally change our stance to wear them….

      What I do find amusing, is that virtually any film or TV you watch …the woman gets home, kicks off her heels and rubs her feet…muttering thank god!!!…….

      yet we can’t seem to wait to put them on!!!!!

      Grace xx

       

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      Amber Scott
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      I had knee surgery last year and it took over 8 months to wear just my 3″ heels comfortably. But when I was able to put my 6 inchers on a feeling of calm and ‘ok, everything’s gonna be alright’ came over me. Amber was back in full force.

      Be safe. Love and Peace.

      Amber

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      Barb Wire
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      Hi Val’sheril!

      No! You’re not crazy at all!

      Ever since I upped my spike-game about three years ago, I haven’t had my yearly bout of back spasms! I’ve even noticed my ankles, calves and thighs seem stronger too!

      One good workout I’ve learned that strengthen your leg muscles and improves your posture is to pick something up from the floor like a girl. So, instead of spreading your legs and then reaching down between them to pick up a pencil like a guy, I will instead put both heeled feet together and then slowly reach down on one side to pick it up. Your thighs will burn! Don’t forget to practice both sides to keep things even.

      Here’s a fun link:

      https://www.piccolashoes.com/blogs/news/benefits-of-wearing-high-heels

      Hugs, Barb

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      Kelly Terry
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      Sometimes I have light pain in my lower right back and yes, I noticed that when doing my walks in heels it tend to go away while when walking in flats it tend to come back.

      Like you I checked internet and got the same mixed message, sometimes it helps and other it makes it worse. I guess it depends on what kind of pain, how you walk and how long the walk is.

      For now I just enjoy that as the excuse to take long walks in heels 🙂

      /kt

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      Beth Green
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      Interesting.  Now if only there was a female clothing piece that would alleviate arthritis!

      Beth

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      Val’sheril Starsong
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      Pink fog exercise indeed!  Oh woe is me having to wear heels more! 😉

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      Lara Tucker
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      Hi Val’sheril,

      I don’t think you are crazy at all! I have a smushed disk in my back. It presses on a nerve and has caused all kinds of phantom pains from my hip down to the bottom of my foot. I have gotten help with physical therapy that had worked wonders, but there was always just a bit of pain, or discomfort that would come and go. I have only had the opportunity to wear my heels 👠 when I do my exercises for the last six months to a year. (Home gym, closet gurl.) I just put them on and walk a few laps in between other exercises for 3-4 sets. I have also noticed improvements with my back pain. Also thought I was crazy at first, but if you think about it you bend your back similarly in some PT exercises, as you do to properly walk in your heels.
      I was told by one of my PT’s that the back bend exercises I was doing was smushing the disc back into shape, taking pressure off of the nerve. So now wearing heels is another PT exercise. We can call it a pink fog exercise!

      🤩😍 Lara

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      Celeste Starre
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      I’ve found that it helps lower back pain as well.  My fav shoes have a 4″ spike heel.  I don’t have serious pain but at my age I don’t have to do much for it to hurt a bit for a while and the heels do help.

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        Val’sheril Starsong
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        One wonders how much of this is simply taking pressure off the usual spots and redistributing it (from an engineering standpoint that would seem to make sense).  But whatever the case it seems to sometimes work.

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