Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When Medicine Doesn't Work : Tuesdays On the Run

The theme for this Tuesdays on The Run is Alternative Medicine.  If there was a medicine that would take all my pain away and make me able to run again the way I use to, you can bet I would take it.   I've had my experience with the cortisone shots and although that use to help some, it certainly is not a solution and something that you don't want to get done often.  The only other "medication" I have used to ease my pain has been IBprofen. That's really an old stand by at my house.

I have found what I am doing now has been much more effect, so far.  I explained in an earlier post that I was going to the Physical Therapy community program 4-5 days a week.  Here I do a warm up on the exercise bike and then I have a set of strengthening exercises I do for my legs on a few of the machines and then some stability exercises.  My plan for July was to go to PT twice a day.  Yea, that lasted only a week. I am back to going just once a day!

Last week I added something new to my program. I started working on my upper body now.  After I complete my leg exercises I then go ride the "Water Bike".  The Water Bike is just a bike that you move with your hands instead of your legs and it is propelled by water. It's like a paddle wheeled boat . You can of course adjust it to make the tension less or more. After that warm-up, I then work on some of the weight machines.

Another thing I've been doing regularly is my massage therapy. I go once a week. Actually today is my day to go and because I've gotten so many massages, today's massage is free!   -M

P.S If you find that special medicine that takes all the aches and pains away and makes you run even faster let me know!


We are linking up with Tuesdays on the Run!


33 comments:

  1. I often joke with my patients that I wish I had a magic wand to make their pain go away. I believe that alternative medicine has a place in healing, especially when conventional medicine has failed. Sending healing vibes your way...maybe my magical powers will extend through the blogosphere? :p

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  2. I been fixed by a chiropractor twice but agree that physical therapy exercises and massages are good ways to stay ahead of injury.

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    1. When I first started having the pain I went to my chiro for a few month. He was so nice and I could tell he genuinely was trying to help me but I didn't ever feel any different.

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    2. When I first started having the pain I went to my chiro for a few month. He was so nice and I could tell he genuinely was trying to help me but I didn't ever feel any different.

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  3. Thats awesome that they give you a free massage after a certain number of visits! Glad you are finding things that work for you.

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    1. Yea, I didn't even know that until last week when she told me that my next visit would be Free. It was definitely a nice surprise!

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  4. If only there was a special medicine. You could make a fortune!

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  5. Massages are the best! I definitely think they help a lot, but are too dang expensive. Enjoy your free one :)

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    1. Since I only need her to work on my legs, I've been getting just the half hour massages and they are very affordable. This lady does a great job!

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  6. Massages are always the cure : )

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    1. Oh I love my massage therapist. She has been so helpful during this whole process!

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  7. Wow! Weekly massages. I wish I could afford that!

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    1. I get a massage every Tuesday. The lady I go to is very affordable, especially the half hour massages.

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  8. Pain is so not fun! Hope all the PT and massages help!

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  9. I've never heard of a water bike before, I'm glad it's helping! The massage is a really good idea. I think I've got to figure out a way to incorporate that into my routine.

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  10. That hand propelled bike makes my messed up shoulder ache just thinking about it.

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  11. I swear that getting massages every two weeks for about 3 months cured my shoulder injury! Or that's what I tell myself :)

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  12. I'd love to go get massages. How nice you can go once a week.

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  13. I've always been really against taking pain medicine so I would love to find an alternative! The water bike sounds really cool!

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  14. I really enjoyed my time in physical therapy, despite the fact of being injured lol! It really kept me on top of my exercises. It was always fun to see what crazy thing they'd give me to do at each visit!

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  15. I'd love that medicine too. I think I just need a new pair of legs.

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  16. So glad to hear your PT is going well! And OH MAN would I kill for a massage, haha. I wish there were some kind of magic medicine that would take the running aches and pains away!

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  17. Have you tried acupuncture? Not in place of PT, but in addition to PT. I recently tried it for my back. I've been going to the chiropractor and that has helped but I tried acupuncture while I was on a cruise last month because my back was sore and I actually noticed a difference. Might be worth trying just to see!

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  18. That's awesome you are in PT once a day! What kind of stability stuff do you do?
    That's a lot of massages lol I need to go but I don't think I can do more than once a month, not sure if it can make a difference that way. Water biking sounds pretty cool! It's awesome you are making progress ;)

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  19. There is no special medicine for sure. Most injuries come from imbalances so you are doing the right thing. I love my chiro and massage therapist. They really keep me running!

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  20. I have been away from blogging and hopefully this means you're still recovering nicely!
    I am super jealous your massages, I haven't had one since I was in my last car accident and my insurance paid for them, LOL I really should fix that!!!

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  21. Massage therapy is the greatest! Especially a sports massage!

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  22. Weekly massages sounds like heaven!

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  23. I need to get back into getting massages again-I haven't had one in months but need to get on it!

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  24. Massage helps me a lot, both for my running tightness and my upper back and neck issues (a stressful desk job means my shoulders end up hunched up under my ears a lot). I hope you find the right mix to get rid of that awful injury!!

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  25. I hope all of your PT and other work gets you back to where you want to be running! Ibuprofen is definitely a regular player in our household now too that we're both getting older. :)

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  26. This looks really good to get young minds interested in fitness medicine.

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