Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Always Knew I'm a Bit Twisted

I had my assessment done by the physiotherapist yesterday. It seems I do not actually have sciatica but a problem related to the insertion point of my left hamstring. This is caused, as I had suspected, by my twisted pelvis. She warned me that she was going to have to do some manipulations and adjustments (which may be painful?) and that I am going to have to do a lot of hamstring strengthening. It turns out that all of those exercises, like hamstring curls and deadlifts, that I have been avoiding the past few months, are the exact ones I gotta start doing. She said it was going to hurt and the pain would likely get worse before it gets better. I have to do 2 physio sessions weekly for 3-4 weeks and then a lot of rehab exercises. I am actually very pleased that I am finally going to get "untwisted" as I am hoping this may help my other biomechanical problems. Maybe my weight distribution through my feet will improve and I can wear cute shoes again! And maybe I will be able to start running again on a regular basis...maybe?

The physiotherapist also stressed that I should do as much core work as possible. Sigh! I feel like I already do tons. I told her I am subbing a core class at Goodlife for the next few weeks and she was pleased. She confirmed what I've been suspecting lately - that pilates and core work is more helpful to my condition than yoga. I've been enjoying my biweekly yoga classes at the JCC but I'm thinking when winter comes and I can't bike there, perhaps I'll just flick on one of my pilates DVDs when I need a break from my school work. Today I put the participants through a gruelling pilates session (I could hear the men grunted and groaning) and they were very pleased with the workout. At least my pilates certification/training is coming in handy...

After a decadent weekend that included rich food and way too much red wine at the wedding on Saturday, I decided to try and be a bit more virtuous this week. Lunches have included baked falafel with tahini sauce and veggies, curried lentils and spinach wrapped in a whole wheat pita, and broiled wild ocean perch with garlic and lemon with whole wheat pita and organic greens and grape tomatoes in a soy ginger dressing. I had never had the perch before and I have to say, it is wonderful. It's a soft, buttery white fish with lots of flavour. I couldn't wait to finish it for lunch today. I've been doing a good job since my cleanse of eating more beans, fish and eggs in lieu of animal protein and soy. In fact, I've gone a bit fish-crazy and am now eating it about 3-5 times a week for lunch and/or dinner. I rotate between rainbow trout, cod, haddock, and wild salmon...but I think I may now be addicted to perch!

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