I had my first PT appointment on Tuesday, and I got homework to boot. I actually wanted homework because the whole appointment was the assessment. Today is my first actual PT appointment with exercises. I did the exercises almost right after I got home, and then some. I figured those shouldn't be the ONLY exercises I do on my own, but I tried not to overdo it. I only have 35 days till I leave for Anaheim.
To start off, I'm weak (shocking!). I have imbalances between sides and between muscles. My right side may be my dominant side, and may have been the stronger one back in the day, but it's now my weaker side. But I have more muscle tone on my right side. My left doesn't want to be left out so it's the tighter side. I've been trying to get both hips to loosen up with "firelog" from yoga, but I've got a ways to go. Because...
My back is tight. My hamstrings are stronger than my glutes so they're taking over the exercises I'm doing to try to get my glutes to fire. One-leg bridges are a classic example. The trick with those is to not extend as high up as I have been. If I keep my glutes and hips low, the glute does activate. I got those, a two-leg bridge, hip abduction, and a clam series to do on my own. The two-leg bridge is done with a ball between my knees to engage my inner thighs, which are also weak. They're weaker than the outer thighs, and tighter, so they can't counterbalance the work my quads and IT band are doing when my glutes get tired. I've been doing "frog" in yoga to try to get those to loosen up.
My posture's also bad, so we need to get the lower back to loosen up and not engage when I need the glutes to engage instead. I'm sure the lower back issues all stem from my sitting all day. I basically felt like a mess hearing all of this. I didn't used to have these problems, but then I used to play sports that worked all my muscles every single day. The constant forward motion in running hasn't challenged my stability at all.
So, I did all my homework exercises, plus focused on lower core. Part of what the PT wants me to do involves tightening my lower core with every exercise to stabilize from the front instead of using the low back. Which is where my Pure Barre DVD comes in to play. Anybody who does Pure Barre knows we focus on that part of the core, both during ab exercises, and when we're tucking. The DVD is broken up into segments, so not only did I focus on the core, but it also had some seat work too. Bonus!
Was I sore? I had a knot, somewhere between my right hamstring and inner thigh. Maybe the ball squeezing worked? I've been rolling it with a lacrosse ball and stretching it, preparing for my first session today. If I get any more take-home work, I'll add it to what I'm already doing.
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