As I lay on my back, face up, I tilt the clock face up and down at 12:00 and 6:00. Then again at 3:00 and 9:00. Finally, I trace around the entire clock face rotating up along each hour in a clockwise and then counterclockwise direction.
This is just one of the exercises that were given to me to practice by my physical therapist.
The full set of exercises that I am working on takes almost 30 minutes to complete. A bit of ice at the end finishes off my work.
This is typical of physical therapy work. While undergoing therapy, you work through many different exercises to get your muscles stronger. Problem is, once you are healed, it is difficult to continue working all of those exercises as you start to get back into your usual routine. My task is going to be figuring out how to keep at least the crucial elements of this therapy going so that I don't end up with the same injury again.
My current progress is slow. I am no longer getting any of the spasms that I got earlier, which is a good thing. I still have a pretty constant ache in my back. And as I have found to be usual, the early days of therapy might add to that somewhat as you work through the movements which will ultimately help you heal. No pain, but still some discomfort. I have also stopped taking OTC pain relievers, so that too is a step in the right direction.
So for now, full steam ahead....
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