Saturday, January 19, 2013
Weigh In/Foot update
I went to the chiropractor Thursday. I asked the lady if I could lay with my legs over the water jets and she let me. I think it helped make my legs more receptive to treatment and it felt good hitting on the fibular head. (Side of my knee) I think my orthotics are kickin' in because my knees and hips are achy and my stride is definitely changing. He's very pleased with my progress. I can stop doing the Achilles stretch because he said he's happy with the lengthening and doesn't want me to over stretch it. I asked if I should start doing yoga and he was not a big fan. He said many studies are showing people are injuring themselves more by doing exaggerated stretches and definitely do not hold a stretch for 30-60 seconds. He said 10-15 seconds is more than adequate and anything over that has high potential to injure. He said just a normal quick stretch after a workout is fine. I asked about quads stretches and he asked why I wanted to stretch them. I said some of my modifications involved squats so I would sometimes have sore quads the next day. He said to grab the ankle not the top of the foot and lightly pull back but my quads were in good shape and didn't need stretched much. I've been having trouble with tenderness on the outside of my knee on the bum leg. He felt around and did some manipulation thinking it would pop but it didn't. He said it would likely pop while I was walking but did a few deep tissue moves to help speed things along. Thankfully he didn't do those horrid painful ones he did last time but worked on the back of my calves where I was having some cramping issues. He said I had rippled muscles back there where the muscle is somewhat trapped and I asked if he was sure it wasn't fat. He said no, even the thinnest of athletes have it and it just means that it's evident I workout and he needed to break up the area a bit. He hit a few good spots. He did another round of the laser then put me on the vibration plate. I did foot grips, stretches and squats on it for 10 minutes. It basically increases circulation, helps shake loose scar tissue, activates muscles in a way that working out doesn't and helps with pain. It has felt better since then. I actually had a decent foot day yesterday so hopefully this is a good sign of things to come.
I got a new strength workout yesterday, Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners . I know I'm not a beginner but it looked like a good workout so that'll go in the routine this week.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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