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25
Nov

Hamstring Stretch

A few weeks ago my sister did something.  She bent over and tried to touch her toes by BENDING her back (bad) and told my mom…. “I’m doing a hamstring stretch.”  😦  No she wasn’t.  I mean maybe her hamstring muscles got stretched a little but she wasn’t doing a hamstring stretch.  If you want to stretch out the hamstrings(back of the thighs), your back needs to be straight.  If your back does not remain straight and you do something like my sister did, the back is getting much more of a stretch than the hamstrings.  And the back probably doesn’t need to be stretched out in that direction.  When you do a hamstring stretch, you might feel a stretching sensation on the back of your knees.  That’s OK, that’s normal.  Most of my patients would feel it there.  Seated Hamstring StretchStanding hamstring stretch, I do this all the time.

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24
Nov

Curbs and Hills

I hate curbs and hills.  I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There are A LOT of hills here.  It’s a city of hills.  Someone said to me once about living in Pittsburgh….”you wake up in the morning and parachute down to get your mail.”  Ha.  You know it’s good that I’m doing my recovery here, I have to get used to those hills, I have no choice.  When I move away to somewhere flat a hill won’t seem like a big deal at all.  I’m a heck of a lot faster going up a hill than down a hill.  Read this.  Someday there won’t be a difference in going up or down hill, because I want to move away – to some flat and warm.  But wherever I may go in life, there will always be curbs.  I used to insanely hate curbs.  Now, I still have to think about what I’m doing but it doesn’t take me 5 minutes.  Read this.  It explains how to navigate curbs.

23
Nov

Strategery

That word cracks me up.  Well, it’s not a word.  Will Ferrell said it in an impersonation of George W. Bush.  Ok so, stand up and lean forward a little bit.  Do you feel your ankles kick in so you don’t fall or do you feel your hips kick in first?  If you feel your ankles, you’re using an ankle strategy, if you feel your hips you’re using a hip strategy.  That’s not important, nobody cares and it surely doesn’t matter what strategy you’re using more to recover from a stroke.  After my stroke, I had like NO balance.  Wherever in the brain you had a stroke, balance is usually going to be an issue.  The only way to get better balance is to make yourself unbalanced.  Stand on one leg, stand on a pillow, stand on one leg on a pillow, close your eyes, do standing knee marches, do lunges, do a short walk with one foot in front of the other, make it harder by walking heel to toe, then do that backwards, walk while holding something.  The possibilities are endless.  Here ya go.

22
Nov

Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving which I’m choosing to spend alone for a number of reasons.  Since I’ve moved here, I’ve seen this older lady walking around the streets carrying shopping bags.  She’s always wearing the same thing.  Seems homeless.  😦  This is a weird place to be homeless though.  Well a few hours ago I took my dog for a walk and saw her.  She was doing the same thing she does every other day.  She was just walking around carrying shopping bags.  It made me incredibly sad to see this on Thanksgiving.  It always makes me sad but seeing it today made me sob.  If I talked normally, I would’ve gone up to her and said something, but I didn’t.  I should have, what I’ve been through is most likely nothing compared to what she’s been through in her life.  Whenever I see her again I’m going to do something, talk to her, give her food or money or something.  I read this yesterday and it is the reason I’m inspired to do something like this.

22
Nov

Soda

I stole this picture from another blogger.  I think I have to put this link here, but I don’t really know.  I’m gonna take another spin on this picture than the person I stole it from.  This is what I think of soda.  Don’t drink soda, just stop.  It’s bad stuff.  There is absolutely zero nutritional value in soda.  I never liked soda, or pop.  I am from Pittsburgh, I should call it pop.  When I was a kid, I would just have water.  When all of the other kids were having pop with their dinner, I would have water.  This made me feel like I was a weird kid.  No adult ever told me that this is an absolutely wonderful, wonderful, wonderful thing that you’re doing.  It was the norm to drink pop, that’s sad.