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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Updates from these key physique components!


Bought some highlights and a trim!! A pleasant fall refresh. 


I’ve been having points with my left facet higher again, shoulder, and neck for nearly a 12 months now. It began as a knot in my shoulder blade (rhomboids for these of you accustomed to again anatomy!). This knot would ache and throb for a couple of hours every morning. 

Final fall, it will come and go so I figured it was simply one thing I used to be doing in my life-style that was irritating it, maybe pushing the stroller or leaning ahead on the Peloton an excessive amount of.

I by no means wished to go to a health care provider as a result of the ache wasn’t from an damage or one-time factor that I might pinpoint. I assumed a health care provider would ship me to bodily remedy, which is finally what I ended up doing. And MRIs are costly. 

Ok tape trial

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Right here’s what I’ve tried:

Therapeutic massage

The throbbing knot got here and went for a couple of months. My therapeutic massage therapist, Ainslee, was useful in making it higher briefly. Ainslee is a godsend and one of the best therapeutic massage therapist ever! She is aware of a ton about delicate tissue anatomy and helped me brainstorm what may very well be inflicting the ache. I at all times felt higher after a therapeutic massage, however the ache would return in time. 


I attempted acupuncture which was TERRIBLE. I hate needles, so it was an enormous deal for me to even make the appointment, however I actually wished somebody to shove a needle within the ache. Nevertheless, with acupuncture, you goal the chi and so my acupuncturist shoved a needle in my palm.

It was very painful as I laid there for 45 minutes with a throbbing thumb. It additionally didn’t work (maybe with repeated visits it will have so I don’t need to knock acupuncture basically). Round this time the ache shifted from my shoulder blade to my neck, so the acupuncture may need carried out one thing. I simply couldn’t return as a result of it was such a nasty expertise. 

Dry Needling

An previous good friend from soccer was really helpful for dry needling, so I went to see Dr. Jacob “Getty” Goedken, DC. Dr. Getty is aware of a ton in regards to the physique and his scope of follow consists of dry needling, chiropractic, guide therapies, and energetic care rehab. 

I bravely tried the dry needling which has helped rather a lot. It’s not nice AT ALL however you probably have needling in an space the place there may be ache, it’s nearly welcome, if that is smart. They needle makes the tissue like swiss cheese so the physique can ship therapeutic to the world and reset. I’ve gotten somewhat extra used to it over time, though getting my rotator cuff carried out was fairly the expertise!


In all probability the best factor I’ve carried out is rehab, additionally a part of my therapy with Dr. Getty. I’ve been identified with scapula dyskinesia as a consequence of weak spot within the tiny stabilizing muscular tissues across the shoulder blade.

I strengthen all the large muscular tissues in my exercises and life-style, however they get overworked after which strained from a scarcity of stability from the smaller muscular tissues, particularly the serratus which strikes the shoulder blade ahead and again across the ribs.

My rehab workouts, which I’ve been doing twice a day, are to assist construct shoulder stability. 

My Rehab Workouts
  1. Low Row – utilizing a band, felt within the serratus/ribs
  2. Serratus Punch – first with no weight, then 3 lbs., and now 8 lbs.
  3. Diamond Palms – fingers over head in diamond whereas I’m mendacity on my abdomen
  4. Neck Isometrics – finger on brow and strain; felt within the deep neck flexors
  5. Foam Curler – pec stretch
  6. Lacrosse Ball – rhomboid therapeutic massage


I’m pleased to say that my day by day throbbing is far improved. The difficulty isn’t completely gone, although. I’ll report again in a couple of months with an replace! 


As somebody who has used Sew Repair for years now, I used to be excited to find an organization for petite sizes referred to as A Brief Story


If you happen to didn’t know, I’m solely 5’2″ tall, so I can solely purchase pants in petite or brief sizes. I don’t actually have an extended torso or arms both, so I knew this may very well be an important match (pun supposed)! Anybody know if there are corporations for tall girls?!

The corporate is a lot like Sew Repair, so you probably have used it earlier than you’ll really feel at dwelling. Even the fonts are related! You pay a styling payment to get a field delivered, and the payment is utilized to your order in the event you make a purchase order. 

If you happen to’re a shortie too and need to strive it, my hyperlink will get your styling payment waived!

My Field

I obtained 5 items and stored 2. The three I returned have been only a bit out of my fashion in colours and/or just like one thing I already owned, however the two I stored have been nice.

This jewel tone inexperienced prime and a pair of flare denims that match me so nicely! Excellent outfit for transition season. 



My toes are pleased once more after some shoe drama! My previous Brooks Ghosts have been actually busting out the seams from all of the side-to-side motion I do in my exercise courses.

So I began trying round for a shoe particularly designed for cross coaching courses. I requested mates and seemed round my courses and seen that most individuals had both On Operating or Hoka model sneakers. 

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On Cloud X

I ordered the On Cloud X to strive first as a result of I preferred the look. They have been so cute, however they didn’t really feel superb to me! There was minimal padding, particularly within the ball of the foot. I put on customized orthotics, so I changed the usual insole with my orthotics and gave them about 2 weeks. I felt like I used to be sporting plastic and they didn’t really feel very supportive! Fortunately I used to be capable of return them for a refund after sporting.

Hoka Rincons

So many individuals had described Hokas as “cushiony” that I knew they have been in all probability the place I’d go subsequent. Curiously I had by no means heard of this model! (I don’t actually take a look at folks’s toes that always, although.) 

I drove to Dick’s Sporting Items and tried on a couple of pairs. I actually wished the uber cushiony Gaviotas however felt that they have been just a bit too cumbersome. I settled on the Rincons – they’re so snug!! I really feel like I’ve a pleasant trampoline between me and the onerous fitness center flooring, which is precisely what I wanted to guard my joints from all of the high-impact leaping we do. 

I like them! Thomas obtained a pair of Hokas too! 

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In order that’s my physique replace!!

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