Hmmm...healing camp sounds like I've gone all new-age-y, doesn't it?
That is what I've taken to calling my should-have-been-tri-training camp that got cancelled because I am actively trying to rehab my stupid feet...so, healing camp is going well. Thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments on my last post about being benched. Believe it or not, it really helps to know I have all of you in my corner while I am going through something like this.
I have had three chiro appointments so far this week with another one scheduled for tomorrow. My chiro, Dr. Parker, has been doing ART, Graston, and ultrasound to try to lengthen my "foot flexors," as he calls them - basically the muscles and tendons that help flex the foot. In addition to benching me for the week, he gave me some homework, and I have been like the teacher's pet in getting it done.
Essentially, he wants me to heat, stretch and ice 3 times a day. That may not seem like a lot, but to really effectively do all three it is about a 45 minute process. I've pretty much nailed it, although I've had to skip the ice in my a.m. session because I have to get the boys to camp. (It's really hard to get my two boys dressed, fed and out the door with lunches even without the heat, stretch, ice routine, so I'm not giving myself too much grief for cutting the session short.) I have also been aqua-jogging for the past two days, using my awesome Recovery Pump for at least 1-2 hours per day, and wearing my Strassburg socks while relaxing after the boys go to bed and then through the night. I'm pretty sure my feet have been flexed since Monday afternoon.
Seriously, healing has been my job this week. It's exhausting!
Is it working? Well, I'm hopeful. I have actually been pretty sore in lots of new places which I think is a very good sign that my body is adjusting and feeling these muscles that haven't been doing their job properly. I have definitely been able to walk easier in the morning, although I think the true test will come when I start running again next week. What I have realized, though, is that I have been very neglectful of stretching and recovery in the past, well, um, forever. Stretching is NOT something I can blow off anymore. I have got to start taking my body seriously and protecting it from getting this way again! If anything, this week has opened my eyes to what I should have been doing for a long time.
So I have 3 days left of my no-training, healing camp week. I'm very interested to see what Dr. Parker will say tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!