Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Went to a Chiropractor!

So, a couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to Ranger Joes to look for a specific type of belt. On the way there my husband told me that there was a chiropractor there. Now, because the only chiropractors I had ever seen were online, and what they said did not make sense, I was skeptical. However, the price was beyond reasonable so we decided to give it a try (by we I mean my husband convinced me to).

When the Doctor brought me back and asked what was bothering me, I explained about the issues that I've been having with my back. I also explained that it didn't really start until after I started lifting. I also explained the mobilization I've been doing that offers temporary relief. He began explaining how the muscles tend to clench around injured joints to protect them, and that what they do helps those joints to heal. So, it sounds pretty reasonable.

I will admit that the way he popped my neck terrified me, but it felt awesome afterwards. My back felt absolutely fantastic. He cracked things that I had never been able to get before myself. Needless to say, I'm a fan now.

They also offered a message thing that I can't remember the name of. Basically, they put some things on your back that cause a little electric shock, and then put an ice pack on them. That was extremely relaxing, and I think it helped the muscles on my lower back a great deal.

We've gone back a second time and the results were the same, but with the added benefit of them fixing a minor injury one of my dogs had caused my knee. Apparently, it just really needed to be popped, but I couldn't do it. It's interesting to see how much popping a joint can help a painful area.

I am training, but I have switched to doing front squats instead of back squats because they don't hurt my back as much. I think once I can get a sports message that I'll be able to do back squats again. I am torn on deadlifts. They do hurt my back, but not as much as squatting. So I may just try to keep the weight on them fairly light. I'll share my numbers on Friday, or Saturday since I'm trying to find my 10 rep maxes right now. I'm going for higher volume to try to help rid myself of some of the unnecessary weight I'm carrying around.

Anyway, that's about it for tonight. Thank you for reading, I hope that you enjoyed it. I'll start posting at least once a week.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Not Feeling Great About Training

For a while now I have not really been able to get into my training. I've been doing it, but it has been hard for me to motivate myself. I've been doing it because I've felt obligated to, and because I know I need to do it to try to be healthier and stronger. It's hard to say any of this because I have loved training for so long. Of course, I'm certain that everyone gets like that from time to time. It doesn't matter what you are doing, occasionally it's going to be hard to get motivated to do it.

I will not let this stop me, though, I will keep chiseling away at it. I enjoy the strong man style of training, I enjoy pushing a car down the street. It's amusing to see the number of people that stop to help me while I'm all but running with the car. So, there are still things that make me happy about it.

What is it that doesn't, though? Well, to be perfectly honest, I think it's because of the back pain I've had. It's been caused by a few different sources. My IT bands caused some of the lower back pain, as well as a couple of places in my glutes and the back itself. I've constantly been working on that, and there was a week where I didn't have the pain and I was perfectly happy to do the training.

I'll just have to keep working on it until I can keep the pain away more often then it's present. I mean, I am putting a lot of strain on my muscles because of what I'm doing. So, I'm going to have to make sure that I take care of them as well. Eventually, I'll get a sports message and hopefully that will push me further along then what I can do for myself, or what my husband can do.

Well, I didn't really have much else to talk about. I am not posting my numbers this week, but I will next week. I have not been doing as well as I would have liked, but things will get better. I just have to get back into the routine.

Thank you all for reading, though. I appreciate it.