Some days it feels like my body is falling apart.
I think the aches and pains, at least the ones on my lower body, are probably all connected. “Your toe bone connected to your foot bone, your foot bone connected to your ankle bone, your ankle bone connected to your leg bone…”
It all started with my little itty bitty calf strain. (Darn elliptical, how I miss you.) Who knew that the calf muscle runs up the back of the leg behind the knee? Not me. (Wait – is it “not I?”) And down behind the ankle. Ah, yes, it’s all connected.
Even though my injury is very minor, I feel it. And because I feel it, I think I am compensating for it, unconsciously, when I walk. And even thought I’ve given up cardio for now, there is no way to totally give up walking.
So… now I have a new ache. Based on input from my trainer and my internet research, it seems that I have aggravated my IT (iliotibial) band high up on my thigh. Makes me feel wimpy when I read that most IT band injuries come from running or active aerobic activity. Running?! Aerobic activity?! I wish!
The ilotibial band is a band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the thigh, starting at the hip and continuing to the outside edge of the shin just below the knee.
My trainer showed me how to stretch out my IT band with a foam roller. And we just happen to have one at home already because my husband has been rolling various body parts for ages! (I guess that’s an advantage of being a former athlete: knowledge about stuff like this.)
My first rolling attempt was at the gym, under my trainer’s “supervision.” I’m sure I looked as awkward as I felt, trying to get down on that thing, stay propped up where I was supposed to be propped up, trying to move my body a certain way that I wasn’t used to moving. I had no idea what to expect. Pain! That’s what I should have expected. Because when I hit “the right spot” – ouch, I knew it. Hubby tells me that it will hurt less over time as I stretch things out. I’m choosing to believe him:)
I am not very good about stretching. Sure, after a workout I pay brief homage to all my exercised body parts with rudimentary stretches, held for just long enough. (I’ve had a torn muscle before; I know the drill.) But, just like so many other things that I know are good for me (including moisturizing after the shower and using anti-aging cream before bed and eating veggies), doing more than the minimum falls by the wayside. I don’t like to stretch. It’s boring. It takes time. And effort. I’m inflexible. Heck, I’m doing yoga! That should count for something!
Note to self: stretch more. Note to self: get on that foam roller and roll! Note to calf: heal already!
Have you used a foam roller? What things do you NOT do as much as you know you should? Or neglect entirely?!
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