Basic Movements for Daily Life

Broken? Again?

Ugh.

It seems just as I get a head of steam going, something silly happens and I get injured.

Yep, I was rescuing a small child from a burning building.  Ya, that’s it.  That’s exactly what I was doing.

Well, that’s a blatant lie.  The truth of the matter is, I don’t even know what I did.

What I do know is it seems my sacroiliac joint is not pleased with something I did.  My guess is this is still from a year ago when I hobbled out of the gym and then dealt with the worst pain I have ever experienced.

Physio, chiro, Graston, A.R.T. have all helped but haven’t cured the issue.

I’m gonna try something new.  I.M.S.  Intra Muscular Stimulation.  I was told recently it’s like getting a massage with a needle.  Well, that doesn’t sound fun at all.  But apparently it works and works well.

Tuesday is the big day.  If this blog suddenly goes dead, you’ll have an idea why.

I read a great quote today: “It is easier to build strong children then to repair broken men” ~ Frederick Douglass

As I re-read this quote, I wonder how much of the struggles I’m having with my hip and low back stemmed from years of inactivity.

In high school I was lean.  We worked hard in phys ed.  Seriously.  Stuff that seemed ridiculous at the time, but looking back now was amazing.  And most of it was bodyweight stuff.  I don’t remember using a single piece of machinery.  Not one.  I was in such good shape I had a six pack!

After high school I became pretty inactive and, well, not in very good shape at all.  For years in fact.  Close to twenty.  I’d like a do over.

Trying to tell a teenager how important their health is and they should start taking care of it now is like smacking your head against a brick wall.

My suggestion, as a parent, lead by example.  Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) they’ll catch on and see the importance.  Because truly it is easier to become strong young and stay strong old instead of trying to get repaired every six months.

I’ll let ya know how the IMS goes.

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6 responses

  1. As a 43 year old guy having gone through Physio, Chiro, Laser, Massage and Acupuncture for my 43 year old hip after running a half marathon, cycling 200 km, sprint Tri, and all kinds of “fitness” activities…. I still hurt.

    I dislocated my shoulder 3 times. Same shoulder! I fall to the right and like to use my shoulder as the cushion or something. The last time was 2002/3, previous 1998 and 1986. Plenty of time to heal build strength right. To much excursion on my shoulder and I feel pain. The kind of pain that sends a signal to the brain…”hey remember how this felt when it popped out” ahhh Good Times.

    Dude, you’re old. I’m old. Not Old and Feeble but old enough that injuries linger and we’re not going to get better fast and will have frequent setbacks. Hate to tell you but it’s going to comeback again and again. I know.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

    • I disagree to a degree. It might come back.. but my aim is to prevent it from returning again or as often.

      February 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

  2. I am also old (51) and I find that working with kettlebells sometimes tightens up my lower back (I also sit at a desk all day, but I try to move around and even stand to work sometimes). What I thought was a back injury last summer turned out to be muscle tightness. ART helped a lot, but the real answer has turned out to be stretching techniques from an Aussie named Kit Laughlin: http://www.pandf.com.au/. Both trainers at my gym in Edmonton have been working with this guy, and his stretching exercises are quite different from anything I’ve ever used before. They also fixed my back problem. Perhaps they could help yours.
    Aging is not for the faint of heart, I’m discovering, and recovery takes so much longer now. I’ve become almost paranoid about not getting injured (especially when I run–the kettlebells don’t really seem to be a problem).
    I hope you feel better soon!

    February 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    • Thanks, Nicholle!! I’ll check that link out… I’m a firm believer our body can recover amazingly well as long as we let it. 🙂

      February 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      • Kit is doing a workshop in Vancouver in May. If you have any questions about Kit or his methods, contact Mike Chomitsch at The Foundry. I hate stretching, but this stuff has saved my life!

        February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      • I love stretching! I need to do more of it… right now with the situation my back and hip are in, I’ve had to avoid swings and associated movements… discovering things I left behind movement-wise ages ago… and, trying to get in some new stretching!

        February 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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