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There is a point in one’s life, when your body really catches up with you and you begin to feel the strain of life.
Whether it’s age giving you signs to slow down, the physical demands of being a mom throwing “signals” at you to stop the craziness or (and this is a typical me scenario), pushing yourself just a tad too hard at the gym. Your body is smart and will do what is needed if you ignore the signs.
When people think of injury, they usually think if an acute accident of sorts or some other dramatic series of events that created instant pain. However, it’s more often the day to day strains of life like bending over incorrectly to pick up our kids, holding the baby on the same hip all the time, falling into the horrible posture that our moms always warned us about, etc. These are the dangerous creators of what can be, long term, chronic pain and can create a dependency on over the counter quick fixes because let’s be honest….we don’t have time for anything else!!
Like I always say; if there was never a more important time in your life to take care of yourself, it’s during your childbearing years. Pregnancy puts a huge strain on our physical and physiological bodies and the after affects can cause debilitating results if ignored.
And I am no stranger to pretending to not see what is right out in front of me.
I am a bit of a mess. Correction; I’m not as young as I used to be. Who is? My body is a combination of old injuries; neck injury in junior high, back injury in my early twenties and rotator cuff tears in both shoulders from going too hard, too fast.
More recently, my running for the past year has finally caught up with me from not practicing what I preach and resulting in piriformis syndrome in my left glute. Not fun.
But the latest is (once again), my shoulder. The right one that is and to be honest, I have NO idea what I have done.
I was carrying around someone’s baby for awhile, but that couldn’t be it. I was at the gym doing upper body 4 days previous, but that couldn’t be it.
Doesn’t really matter. The fact is my chronic injury has reared it’s ugly head again and I NEED to get fixed because my body is my work. If I can’t function well, how can I coach others to?
So because I am such a Type “A” personality, I needed the best and I needed it FAST! No time to dilly dally because time is of the essence. I am a mom, remember? So in my search of help, I found myself at the Simcoe Place Health Clinic, met my savior, Dr. Maninderjit Singh and the world of shockwave therapy.
I’m now in my happy place. I’m going to be fixed.
Shockwave therapy is the latest and greatest, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain. With as little as 3 treatments and a proven 91% effective track record, it was music to my ears. Let me tell you how it works.
Unlike ultrasound, shockwave therapy actually sends high energy sound waves directly to the injured tissue and produces an inflammatory response. The body then reacts by increasing metabolic activity. In other words it weeds out the crap and creates new tissue. Healing is much faster. How cool is that?
Know what else? Shockwave therapy breaks down scar tissue and other calcifications. Now where was this when I had not one, but two cesarean sections? Remember that blood can not flow through scar tissue so it can be next to impossible to feel your lower abdominals after a c-section, let alone strengthen them! Shockwave therapy can help you get connected faster.
But shock wave therapy isn’t for everyone. If you are pregnant, have a blood disorder or if you have an acute injury with direct swelling, you will have to seek alternative forms of treatment.
So what was the result on my shoulder?
Well I’m not going to lie. It hurt a tad during the procedure like there were hundreds of mini pellets trying to punch my pain away but it was basket weaving compared to major abdominal surgery and I’m sure it can’t be compared to pushing a baby through what felt like, a tube of toothpaste. And after the treatment, I got a pretty blue kinesio taping to help keep any post treatment swelling down.
My shoulder isn’t 100%, but I think I’m a fan. I understand the philosophy behind the treatment and anything that can get me back to function in such a short period of time, works for me. The added bonus? It is covered by most insurance plans. Now what’s what a mom likes to hear; effective AND affordable.
It’s a win-win.
Ok ok….we’ve heard it all before. The holidays are tough, ya, so what? Well I will tell you what; it’s called guilt, regret and all the other feelings we like to stuff in our mouths the second we have that second helping of pie or just a few too many treats that we swore we wouldn’t touch.
Well that’s the holidays for you and you know what? You’re human that’s all. You can feel comforted to know that you join millions of people every year that go over the top, indulge and sneak in “just one more” just to wish they hadn’t later. But although you may be hanging with the masses, it doesn’t feel any better when you step on the scale or try to do up your jeans after the fact. Read the rest of this entry »
Or your aunt, sister, doctor, friends; not anyone!!
How many times have I met a new mom just to hear her say “why didn’t anyone tell me?” or “how come nobody checked?”. I honestly can’t tell you how many times but all I say in response is: “this is why I am here. To tell you the sh*t” nobody tells you”. Lucky me.
I spoke at a Mommy Connections group today about all the “things” that seem to slip people’s minds when they talk about being a new mom. You know; the tummy, extra skin, stretch marks, aches, pains and “down there”. And although some moms in the group looked like deers in head lights, I am sure there was a sigh of relief as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Well you asked for it. I posted this on my newsletter last month and got a lot of feedback! So much so that people have asked for me to post it on my website for reference. Now I know some people are not going to be too happy with me but this is my personal opinion (and a few other professionals I have to say) so take from it what you will and keep in mind the big picture….train hard now for a limited time or take one step at a time so you can train hard for the long run? Read the rest of this entry »
So I survived another weekend of Babytime Show craziness! And by survival, I mean long hours, LOTS of talking and even more energy trying to convince moms of the importance of exercising during pregnancy!
I continue to be amazed about how many women I met, clearly pregnant, that were not exercising. Some of them not even walking on a daily basis! Now in all fairness, I understand that for some it’s just a case of being uneducated, but even in my attempts to explain the many benefits for both mom and baby, I got dirty looks, rolling eyes and a wave of the hand as they walked away. Read the rest of this entry »
So I wasn’t going to write about this but feel like I need to let off some steam and get some perspective.
As you know, I have drastically changed my diet since January 1st and more recently am on the last leg of a pretty intense cleanse. I am off of all sugar, caffeine and alcohol and have replaced it with drinking green sludge, a ridiculous amount of water and more quinoa and vegetables than I ever thought I would see in my lifetime.
So with this, I have noticed an increase in energy and have pretty much eliminated my mid-afternoon crashes. I have lost 15 lbs in just over two weeks (which personally, I think is too much) but I have been told it was a release of all the toxins and inflammation my body was holding. Read the rest of this entry »
I was shocked and appalled when I read the latest article on how Victoria Beckham lost all of her baby weight just 8 weeks postpartum after her fourth child was born. Not that I was surprised really….I mean what did I expect? It IS Victoria; the other half of David and one half of the most publicly “displayed” couples right after Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge!
But that’s still no excuse. We really don’t need to hear, see or read how although Victoria had a slipped disc when baby Harper was only 2 weeks old, went against any better judgement at all, and pushed herself to hard and (in my opinion) WAY TO FAST. She referred to herself as being “obsessed” about losing the baby weight. Well that’s an understatement
Am I angry? No. Disgusted? Hell ya. This is what society see’s as “possible” after you deliver a baby because at the end of the day, we’re all people, right? So if she can pound the pavement 6 weeks after having a c-section, well then why can’t you? Read the rest of this entry »
Now there’s no question that I am all about exercising during pregnancy and even kicking it up a notch from the “safe and conservative” guidelines that were developed over a decade ago. However, there’s also a fine line in what some people consider safe when exercising while pregnant and for the first time in a long time I have to admit, I’m a bit speechless.
About a month ago there was a post at babble.com about “Engaging in dangerous physical activity during pregnancy”. Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that anything “dangerous” should be avoided whether you’re pregnant or not (call me crazy). But when you have a little person growing inside, one would think that you would be a bit more cautious.
One would think…. Read the rest of this entry »