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Targeting The Right Muscles for Physical Therapy

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I am now entering day three of my physical therapy exercise program. When my PT said I have some serious work to do in order to loosen my hip flexors and strengthen my stomach and back muscles, he wasn't kidding! After just one day of exercises, I was very sore yesterday when I got up. Consciously trying to keep your stomach muscles pulled in during the day appears to be exercise in itself for me! I'm also working on different form during water aerobics. I could actually feel a big difference when I started working the target muscles instead of using my whole torso! Last night I completed day two and this morning I'm very stiff! I will do my exercises faithfully because I want my core to get stronger to support my spine. I can tell that it is weak right now or I wouldn't be so sore from doing rather simple exercises. I am determined to be successful with this!

  
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L*I*T*A* 1/31/2010 10:30AM

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SLENDERELLA61 1/31/2010 10:20AM

    You are off to a great start in making a very significant change in your life and your body. I know you'll stick with it. Your determination shows in everything you do! See you soon.

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Day 2 of Pain Management Program

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today was day 2 of my new pain management program. My pain today has been tolerable and I did a regular water aerobics workout and some water jogging. Hopefully I will have a restful night and not be too sore tomorrow. Tomorrow, I will have a "core muscles" evaluation with a special physical therapist. We will determine what exercises and activities I can and can't do. It is very important for me to develop my core strength in order to support my spine and slow down the degeneration as much as possible. My goal is to be as active as possible without hurting myself or being in an unmanageable amount of pain. I'm actually excited about this evaluation. I tried to have it done three years ago and this particular practice didn't take my insurance. Now they do take it and I can proceed forward. I need to go fill out tons of paperwork now to get ready for tomorrow. I'm psyched!

  
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RUTHIEBEAR 1/29/2010 8:58AM

    As someone who lives with constant back pain, I can relate to what you are experiencing. I pray this program will help you. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/29/2010 7:52AM

    You continue to make progress and have a very positive attitude. Love it! Do all you can. Get stronger. Find out exactly what you can and should do. That's great. Take care.

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L*I*T*A* 1/28/2010 9:32PM

    so glad to hear you now can qualify..........great how the pool is helping you .........it sure does me i do laps/jogging....
wishing this works for you.......
all the best filling out the paper work.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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Hopeful

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I finally had my appointment with my pain management doctor to review my MRI this morning. She told me that my lower back looks really bad and has very severe arthritis. That was the bad news. The good news is that my doctor and I have come up with a pain control treatment plan and several backup plans in case the first plan isn't successful. She actually drew a diagram of my pain pattern and showed me how the treatment would deal with the pain. We listed the goals for my pain control and she answered my many questions. We even have a plan in place for unexpected pain spikes for times when I overdo my activities. This gave me hope. I could have cried in relief.

This made me pause and think about the idea of hope. Hope is the most precious gift you can give another human being. I think that's why I love Spark People so much. Even when I mess up on my eating and exercise plans, I can still be hopeful and can try again the next day. This got me thinking about my interactions with other people and how my actions could give them hope in their lives. Perhaps this is a way that I can share the spark. It could be one way to let your inner light shine.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/28/2010 8:05AM

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L*I*T*A* 1/27/2010 9:23PM

    so glad to hear you are hopeful about your pain control.................it is wonderful when you and your dr are on the same page............wishing you well soon..........blessings and hugs..............lita

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DONNABRIGHT 1/27/2010 9:03PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/27/2010 8:39PM

    Great blog! I voted for it. Hope is a wonderful asset. So glad your doctor was able to give you a plan and - best of all - hope. Wishing you comfort and even greater hope!

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A Productive Day Today

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Today was a very productive day. I went to water aerobics for 75 minutes and then walked for an hour. I also posted the February 2010 Challenge for our local Polk County Group and sent out email reminders for upcoming team events. I made a healthy chicken, mushroom, onion and broccoli dish in the crockpot for dinner tonight. I feel good but I'm finally starting to tire a bit. I was beginning to wonder where all of this energy was coming from and if I would wind down before bedtime! Sleeping should be no problem tonight!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/27/2010 8:08AM

    Fantastic! So glad you not only are feeling really good, but using all that energy for your good and ours. Thanks again.

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It's Taken Three Weeks To Feel Like Me Again

Monday, January 25, 2010

Even though I didn't sleep very well last night, I'm finally beginning to feel like myself again. It has taken three weeks to start feeling better. I must have been sicker than I thought! I'm still on antibiotics but for the first time today, I felt like going out and doing things without forcing myself. All I can say is finally!!!

I had to stop working out about two weeks ago because of illness. To further complicate matters, the weather has been so variable that I was afraid to go back to water aerobics because the water was too cold. Today I took the bull by the horns and signed up for an arthritis water class in a therapeutic (95 degree) pool at the YMCA. The class is 3X a week for the whole month of February. Hopefully if the weather is nice I can add a couple sessions in the outdoor pool too. I just can't continue to not work out because of the cold water temperature. I feel like my body is getting flabby and my joints are stiff. Now I have a plan B in place (or maybe I should count it as my plan A) to keep my joints working and my muscles flexible. It's a relief to have a plan in place!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/26/2010 1:12PM

    Glad you are feeling better

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SLENDERELLA61 1/26/2010 6:47AM

    That's a great plan, Cyndi! So glad you are feeling better.

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L*I*T*A* 1/25/2010 9:59PM

    you will love it...........especially the warm water............good for you...............all the best and have a wonderful week.........blessings and hugs.............lita

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FOTOMAKR 1/25/2010 5:58PM

    Yes a plan is the key to success! Organization and preparation are important too. Good luck at the Y.

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