It’s been so long since I felt the urge to sit down and blog. I have a folder full of pictures to post but no desire to write words to go with them!
So I thought I would start small and just talk about my first day in physical therapy.
I was there for 2 hours and I have to say I know why insurance companies are trying so hard NOT to pay for this because it’s AWESOME. Clearly they would prefer for me to take anti-inflammatory drugs instead of getting to spend time with the physical fairies!
I mean.. there were people getting massages and personal training for helpful exercise and stretching and icing… For me and my stupid everlasting hip pain, it seems like a dream come true. She even said I can go back to zumba!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like those words
We started off talking about the problem. I don’t have a magical word to sum up my diagnosis. I have vague x-rays and 2 perplexed doctor referrals.
Then she had me relax and she manipulated my leg around and found lots of tightness. Next, she had me stretch.
One stretch involved laying on my side, letting one leg dangle off the edge of the bed and holding onto the top of the bed. It was supposed to stretch my back and side but my leg band is so tight that I couldn’t even drop my leg. It was just bouncing there, all comical looking! This bouncing, non-dangling leg thing happened with a lot of the stretches. So the PT pulled the muscles a bit and found a bunch of muscle knots in my back and side. It was a little painful but mostly it felt really good.
She also pulled my leg so get it out of it’s joint a bit. Weird, but ok.
Then I was introduced to the FOAM ROLLER. Hello, torture device. I’m told I will eventually love it while I hate it. We shall see…. But seriously, I can see how it helps work out the problems and I do think I will like it.. maybe.
Next, I did strengthening exercises. I have no strength in a muscle that she said a hundred times and yet I still can’t recall the name of. Helpful eh? She explained that it’s common for people to compensate for this muscle (butt area) and for core weakness by using other larger muscles. Leaving them vulnerable to injury.
So, I did core strengthening and squats and clam shells and other stuff that is rapidly leaving my short term memory.
Then I was hooked up to a tingle machine. No joke. Little pads of tingly shocks were put on my hip and I sat there with ice and tingles for 10 minutes. It was actually nice. I could have taken a nice nap!
So to sum up; I’m weak and tight but not broken. I need to strengthen and stretch and ice. Then I can re-zumba!