Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Leg Bone Is Connected To Something

So Kath's miracle worker of a Physical Therapist/Pilates Instructor/Masseuse/Personal Trainer lady has me figured out. It turns out that a lifetime of bad habits will catch up to in just about...39 years, give or take.

I was worried when I hurt my calf about the compensation factor. When you hurt one thing you favor it and compensate with another thing and then that causes compensation in something else and so on like a shampoo commercial. I didn't want to cause a chain reaction like that.

I have tight hamstrings. This is not news. I have had tight hamstrings since about the 4th grade and it feels icky to stretch them. As it happens the right answer to "What do you do if it feels icky to stretch?" is not "I don't." And yes, I did actually sort of say that to her. Fortunately she admired my honesty. Because of the tightness of my hamstrings I've been compensating with other parts of me, probably having to compensate more as I've been upping my activity level and expanding my range lately. The result is the weird sciatica related numbing stuff, the hip flexor issues that I haven't even told you about and the calf popping mania that's been the focus this week.

I've got instructions for stretching and a new toy and instructions for making a stretching block and a renewed outlook on life. I'll be OK and I can fix this and I'd really like to see Shelley again soon so she can cure me some more!


  1. See...what'd I tell you?
    Dancin' in 2 weeks!!

    Good news, girl. Glad to hear it.

  2. Wow, that's cool... several issues diagnosed for the price of one...

  3. If you're willing, I'd love for you to share with me your PT routine. As a yoga teacher to whom people come with long-term issues, I'd like to steal your PT's advice...

  4. Shelley is da bomb. That is all.

  5. Noodle says frequently "my body is beeping." I have no idea how to relate that to an actual medical condition unless it is some kind of side effect from her alien abduction. Today she told me to Shut up. Only an alien child would tell me that. Anyway.. your icky comment reminded me of that.
    Also Potassium is good for leg cramps and I know you have the tight hamstrings and such. But may be a few bananas wouldn't hurt!

  6. I totally get "my body is beeping". Makes perfect sense to me.