I recently visited one of my friends, who is a massage therapist and bodywork guru, to see what he could do about my ankle. For those that don't know, I hurt my Achilles tendon a couple weeks ago running up my stairs at home (apparently, I need to warm up better for that), and was in so much pain that putting any sort of pressure on it was excruciating.
Fearing the worst, I was in and out of my orthopedic's office that whole week to try and figure out what was wrong. Thankfully, the pain started to fade the more I stayed off my foot and ultimately, it turned out to be just be a really ticked off tendon. Stay off it, rest it as much as possible, no running, and no jumping were some of the things my ortho and chiropractor told me. I figured I may as well go see my friend, and get his input to see if he could help out with my recovery. He put me through the ringer. We tested and retested different movements, he worked into my muscles, and we were able to find out what may have triggered the Achilles flare up to begin with. Turns out, running up my stairs was just the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. In order to fix what is actually wrong, my friend gave me homework in the form of corrective exercise.
I'll be honest, I'm probably one of the worst athletes when it comes to doing what my body needs. I'll mobilize here and there, but I'm human, and sometimes I really don't want to sit on a foam roller when I know my muscles will scream in protest. Unless I'm forced to go through corrective exercises, I usually don't do them. I know they are good for me, I know my body will only perform that much better if I fix my weaknesses, but it's not the fun stuff. It's not the "cool" stuff. It can be boring. What I've realized recently, is that I'm not a kid who can bounce back from injuries anymore. I need to start doing what my body requires if I want to keep injuries at bay. And that means doing the corrective exercises I'm supposed to and mobilizing regularly.
Do you have anything that you do on the regular to keep your body happy? Sound off in the comments!
The ladies of 5:30 getting some supermans in!
A. EMOTM 5
rest 1 minute
rest 1 minute
B. AMRAP 12
*every time you come off the wall, complete the following:
8 toes to bar
8 push ups
Posted by Megan