“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Oprah Winfrey

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the Day:

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Oprah Winfrey

At the moment I am using every minute of the day to put myself in the best position for flying out of the blocks in the New Year.

On Tuesday I had my first hydrotherapy session at the Puffin Pool in Dingwall. Hydrotherapy is recommended by doctors and physiotherapists to speed up rehabilitation after injuries and operations and as part of self-care for painful long-term conditions. If you have a painful or disabling condition affecting your joints, bones, muscles or neurological system, hydrotherapy might help.

Apart from that I was not sure what to expect. My appointment was at 10:30 in the morning and Dingwall is only 19 miles away so it shouldn’t have been too bad to get there. But Cromarty being Cromarty and the Highland being the Highlands getting from A to B is never straightforward.

Firstly the bus to Dingwall only runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. So that meant I had to get the bus into Inverness which is 26 miles away and takes an hour and then get the bus from Inverness to Dingwall which is 14 miles away and takes half an hour. That’s not too bad I thought to myself I will catch a bus at 8am get to Inverness catch a bus to Dingwall have a bit of breakfast on the way and be in good time for my appointment.

But no, using similar logic to only having a bus to Dingwall from Cromarty on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and even then there are only three buses in the whole day, the powers that be have decided that 8am, when most people probably need to get to work is the one time in the morning that there will not be a bus so I had to leave at 7am to make a weekly appointment which is at 10:30am 19 miles away.

So after a 3 and a half hour journey I stepped into the Puffin Pool reception took my shoes and socks off gave my name in and was told to sit down with a group of 10 people. The physiotherapist came and introduced herself, took our names and I discovered that there was only one other person who had never been before. We followed the physio into the communal changing rooms, where there were curtains that you could pull round like those in a hospital ward to get changed into your swimming costume, before putting your clothes in a locker, I thought to myself this is not like the luxurious changing rooms at Chelsea, which is the last time I had changed into my swimming shorts.

We then all got into the group showers and stood waiting all lined up together waiting for the group before us to come out of the pool, I looked around actually feeling self conscious amongst a group of strangers of all different shapes and sizes and ages stood only in my trunks. It was weird I do not usually feel self conscious regarding my body, but amongst this group who for various reasons, age, injuries and lifestyle were definitely not in good physical condition added to the fact that being in the Highlands I really stand out for the colour of my skin which is accentuated by the paleness of everybody’s skin up here due to the weather. Finally we went through to the pool and getting into the warmth of the pool made everyone feel more comfortable. The physio then came up to me and talked through my injuries and reiterated my earlier feeling by saying,

“We don’t usually get someone like you in here,”

I looked at her quizzically, and she continued,

“We don’t have many people in here in your physical condition, with your physique, core strength and flexibility, so we have been trying to figure out what to do with you?”

She went on to explain I had Tendinitis (also tendonitis), meaning inflammation of a tendon, which is a type of tendinopathy often confused with the more common tendinosis, which has similar symptoms but requires different treatment.

Commonly affected areas include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, fingers and backs of the heels. Most of you are familiar with tennis elbow and golfers wrist etc all repetitive strain injuries mine through teaching Barre, tucking under and gripping my glutes continuously, was in my hip flexor, which is more rare and harder to treat.

She explained further that where as for any other injury stretching would be good for it, but with the tendinitis stretching my hip flexor had now become overstretched. I still needed to stretch and strengthen my glutes because of the muscular injury in them, but for my hip flexor I needed to activate it and keep it engaged through it’s full range of motion. This is not an easy thing to do, as the hip flexor is quite a complicated set of muscles.

In anatomy, flexion (from the Latin verb flectere, to bend) is a joint movement that decreases the angle between the bones that converge at the joint. For example, your elbow joint flexes when you bring your hand closer to the shoulder. Flexion is typically instigated by muscle contraction. A muscle that flexes a joint is called a flexor.

The hip flexors are (in descending order of importance to the action of flexing the hip joint):

  • Collectively known as the iliopsoas or inner hip muscles:
  • Psoas major
  • Iliacus muscle
  • Anterior compartment of thigh
  • Rectus Femoris (part of the quadriceps muscle group)
  • Sartorius
  • One of the gluteal muscles:
  • Tensor fasciae latae
  • Medial compartment of thigh
  • Pectineus
  • Adductor Longus
  • Adductor brevis
  • Gracilis

Without the iliopsoas muscles, flexion in sitting position is not possible across the horizontal plane.

Because of this most movements using my lower body, i.e. walking, stepping up stairs are causing the tendons to become more and more inflamed as well as simple movements like sitting and getting out of bed, which involve the upper body bending towards the lower body — flexion. Every time this happens my hip catches and nips the nerve, firing an excruciating pain in my hip and then this triggers off the Sciatica, which sends a shooting pain down from my bum, through my leg all the way to my foot and then my whole leg gives way, which is equally as frustrating as it is painful.

The movements I were given in the pool were very small and specific and I spent the next hour working diligently at doing what is needed to be done to get the injury fixed, repaired and made stronger so it never happens again. I didn’t talk to anyone for the fist 20 minutes but then I got fatigued and the older man next me spurred me on telling me why not add some more foam to make it harder, he was a bit of a joker and had had Sciatica for 20 years, I thought to myself wow, how can you be so cheery, that must be a nightmare, that is not going to happen to me and pushed myself even harder. Towards the end the physio showed me another exercise for my next session and told me to start warming down, she said I had been working really hard and I was going to definitely feel it. She was not wrong I was knackered.

Then the time was up, the physio said see you all here next week at the same time. Basically once you get in your group, you’re in at the same time every week until you are fully recovered. The physio Claire told me she would give me some more land exercises to do over Christmas period, as next week would be the last session until the New Year.

Back in the changing room the self conscious feeling I had at the beginning had gone, I felt a bond had developed with everyone in the group even though I had hardly spoken to anyone as I had just got my head down and got on with my exercises.

I was last one out the changing room, which I always have been since I was a kid, for some reason I always get changed slower than everyone else after a physical activity. Everyone was sat in reception and the other physio for our group gave me some water as she said I would be dehydrated and would need to drink a lot of water to rehydrate. She was right I could not believe how shattered I was and how much water I needed. I bid farewell to everyone saying see you next week and got back on the bus to Inverness, by which time I was starving and went to Kool Runnings the Jamaican restaurant and had Jerk Chicken and Rice ’n’ Peas washed down with lots of water. As I got the bus back to Cromarty I was shattered and dozed off feeling very content as I could immediately feel the positive effect the hydrotherapy had had on my body and my mind as I knew I was on the road to recovery and could get back to work sometime in January.

I was feeling happy as I new I would definitely be fit and raring to go way before my yoga retreat in Morocco from Saturday March 18th to 25th.

Which had been worrying me and playing on my mind, you been to feel you are never going to recover.

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Have a thrilling Thursday peeps.

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