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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 yr now. It began as a knot in my shoulder blade (rhomboids for these of you conversant in again anatomy!). This knot would ache and throb for just a few hours every morning. 

Final fall, it could come and go so I figured it was simply one thing I used to be doing in my way of life 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 harm or one-time factor that I may pinpoint. I assumed a health care provider would ship me to bodily remedy, which is ultimately what I ended up doing. And MRIs are costly. 

Ok tape trial

Right here’s what I’ve tried:

Therapeutic massage

The throbbing knot got here and went for just a few months. My therapeutic massage therapist, Ainslee, was useful in making it higher quickly. Ainslee is a godsend and the perfect therapeutic massage therapist ever! She is aware of a ton about delicate tissue anatomy and helped me brainstorm what could possibly be inflicting the ache. I all the time 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 could have so I don’t wish to knock acupuncture on the whole). Round this time the ache shifted from my shoulder blade to my neck, so the acupuncture might need performed one thing. I simply couldn’t return as a result of it was such a nasty expertise. 

Dry Needling

An outdated good friend from soccer was really helpful for dry needling, so I went to see Dr.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 concerning the physique and his scope of apply contains dry needling, chiropractic, handbook therapies, and lively care rehab. 

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


Most likely the best factor I’ve performed is rehab, additionally a part of my therapy with Dr. Getty. I’ve been identified with scapula dyskinesia resulting from weak spot within the tiny stabilizing muscle groups across the shoulder blade.

I strengthen all the large muscle groups in my exercises and way of life, however they get overworked after which strained from an absence of stability from the smaller muscle groups, particularly the serratus which strikes the shoulder blade ahead and again across the ribs.

My rehab workout routines, 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 – palms over head in diamond whereas I’m mendacity on my abdomen
  4. Neck Isometrics – finger on brow and stress; felt within the deep neck flexors
  5. Foam Curler – pec stretch
  6. Lacrosse Ball – rhomboid therapeutic massage


I’m glad to say that my every day throbbing is way improved. The problem isn’t completely gone, although. I’ll report again in just a few 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 Quick 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 could possibly be a fantastic match (pun supposed)! Anybody know if there are corporations for tall girls?!

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

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

My Field

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

This jewel tone inexperienced high and a pair of flare denims that match me so properly! Good outfit for transition season. 


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

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

On Cloud X

I ordered the On Cloud X to strive first as a result of I appreciated the look. They have been so cute, however they didn’t really feel excellent 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 carrying plastic and they didn’t really feel very supportive! Fortunately I used to be capable of return them for a refund after carrying.

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. Apparently I had by no means heard of this model! (I don’t actually have a look at folks’s ft that usually, although.) 

I drove to Dick’s Sporting Items and tried on just a few 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 gymnasium ground, which is strictly what I wanted to guard my joints from all of the high-impact leaping we do. 

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

In order that’s my physique replace!!

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