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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Updates from these key physique elements!


Acquired 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 acquainted with again anatomy!). This knot would ache and throb for a number of 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 needed to go to a physician as a result of the ache wasn’t from an harm or one-time factor that I may pinpoint. I assumed a physician 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 a number 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 tender 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 a giant deal for me to even make the appointment, however I actually needed 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 typically). Round this time the ache shifted from my shoulder blade to my neck, so the acupuncture might need completed one thing. I simply couldn’t return as a result of it was such a nasty expertise. 

Dry Needling

An outdated buddy from soccer was beneficial for dry needling, so I went to see Dr.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 contains dry needling, chiropractic, guide therapies, and energetic care rehab. 

I bravely tried the dry needling which has helped loads. It’s not nice AT ALL however in case you 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 realm and reset. I’ve gotten somewhat extra used to it over time, though getting my rotator cuff completed was fairly the expertise!


Most likely the simplest factor I’ve completed is rehab, additionally a part of my remedy with Dr. Getty. I’ve been identified with scapula dyskinesia attributable to 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 a scarcity of stability from the smaller muscle groups, 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 Workout routines
  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 completely happy to say that my every day throbbing is far improved. The difficulty isn’t completely gone, although. I’ll report again in a number 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 known as A Quick Story

In case you 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 an excellent match (pun supposed)! Anybody know if there are firms for tall ladies?!

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

In case you’re a shortie too and wish to attempt it, my hyperlink will get your styling payment waived!

My Field

I bought 5 items and saved 2. The three I returned had been only a bit out of my model in colours and/or just like one thing I already owned, however the two I saved had been nice.

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


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

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

On Cloud X

I ordered the On Cloud X to attempt first as a result of I appreciated the look. They had 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 sporting plastic and they didn’t really feel very supportive! Fortunately I used to be in a position to return them for a refund after sporting.

Hoka Rincons

So many individuals had described Hokas as “cushiony” that I knew they had 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 individuals’s toes that always, although.) 

I drove to Dick’s Sporting Items and tried on a number of pairs. I actually needed the uber cushiony Gaviotas however felt that they had 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 exhausting gymnasium flooring, which is precisely what I wanted to guard my joints from all of the high-impact leaping we do. 

I really like them! Thomas bought a pair of Hokas too! 

In order that’s my physique replace!!



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