Friday, March 25, 2011

Learning even more about myself

I had my PT eval today, and it was pretty much what I expected. The PT said that hamstring injuries can take a while to heal, and I got the feeling that she was hoping she could point to one thing and say, "It's because of THAT!" but alas, that would be too easy. Predictably, we're going to work on strengthening my core, aligning my pelvis, maybe correcting my stride while I run, and maybe some soft tissue massage.

I DID, however, discover that my external (maybe? It might have been internal) hip rotators are super weak. The PT was going around my legs, testing my strength by having me push against her, and she did something with my hips and I couldn't push against her. At all. It was weird. And surprising. Even she seemed surprised. I mean, I'm not the strongest person on the planet, but my legs have carried me through some pretty tough races, so I didn't expect for them to be found wanting.

So she gave me an exercise to do to strengthen these rotators, and boy HOWDY is it hard. Because I'm weak.

But it was kind of fun to learn something new about my body, even if it is about weaknesses. I always think I'm sort of the expert on myself (I mean, I have seen just about every organ in my body on some kind of image or another), so it was interesting to be taught something new today.

Because I'm kind of a geek like that.

In other healthy news, I snorted salt water mixed with baking soda tonight to help alleviate my sinus suffering. My own improvised Neti pot, if you will. I'm here to say it was grossly unpleasant and remarkably effective. Another learning experience. Maybe tonight I'll finally be able to sleep without going through an entire box of tissues.

1 comment:

RobMonroe said...

Did you introduce yourself as the newly-famous kidney patient/runner? :)

Hope you get back to where you want to be, health wise, soon!