I have had my fair share of injuries over the years and I really don’t want any more of them… I want to get my body all fixed up, balanced and strong so that I can train for another marathon without any injuries. I have also had a hard time finding a doctor/physical therapist/chiro that is able to diagnosis, treat and figure out what is causing different problems.
My really good friend recommend Dr. Bennett to me and I am so happy that I went in to see him. I started having my IT Band (I deal with IT problems off and on ever since I had Brooke) yelling at me the other day after a run on the treadmill and so I knew it was time to get everything figured out so I can really train the way that I want to train. (My IT Band isn’t bad enough to stop running but I do want to get it taken care of once and for all).
We started off with a series of performance orthopedic exams, muscular strength testing and range of motion tests (for my entire body, not just legs) to find any dysfunction. He was able to find the areas that need a lot of work… mainly my hips (never had hip problems until I was pregnant/delivered) and glutes. He did some chiropractic care, adjusted me, did some work with reactivating muscles (painful but they felt a lot stronger afterwards) and spent a ton of time educating me on what was going on and causing different problems when I run—> mainly weak glutes/hips.
I tested my IT Band after I left his office and went out on a run and it felt awesome. I am excited because they don’t just treat the problem but they figure out what causes the symptoms (injuries) and fix them—> love that because once we fix whatever is causing different injuries that I have had over the years I will be all set to go and stop with the cycle of fixing the symptoms and not the cause only to get hurt again.
Below he is testing my muscular strength (or the lack thereof) by pushing my leg down while I try to push it up.
We talked a lot about how having babies is really hard on a woman’s body, how much it changes it (hello widening of hips, weakens the core) and how that can cause a whole bunch of problems with our running. So we need to really put in the time and work to strengthen those areas! He was also the first doc that was able to diagnosis what my problem was leading up to my marathon (he found all of the scar tissue from my torn muscle that I had).
SOOOO to get this body of mine ready to set some crazy pr’s, Dr. Bennett gave me some simple exercises (to go along with the treatment) to start off with to get my glutes strong. Weak hips/glutes is a very common problem for women runners so we should all work on this together! Each week I will be getting new exercises to do to get stronger and stronger and make the muscles that are supposed to do the work do the work so that I am not overcompensating in other areas and getting injured:) I will share the exercises with you each week so that we can all get strong glutes together!
Starting off with 10 air squats and then standing side leg lifts (with 10 pulses up and down at the top) on each side and then repeat all of that 3 times. I made a video but for some reason I couldn’t get it to upload on my blog so instead you get some lovely screen shots where I am making crazy faces.
I am excited to go in once a week for a while to get everything in tip top shape! I will share the new exercises/tips/etc he gives me each week.
UTAH PEOPLE—> I highly recommend seeing Dr. Bennett (I have tried a bunch of docs/pts etc in the area and my experience with him has been the best). He has offices in Pleasant Grove (he works in Utah County once a week to work with the BYU athletes), Salt Lake City and Kaysville. His phone number is—> 801-513-1078
The amazing Candice helped me to find the perfect mattress. So far I have a couch, a mattress to sleep on and a tv… we are going to be just fine.
And Brooke found the bed that she wants.
I could eat this dinner at least 3000 more times. The feta that came out with the pita bread was out of this world. And so was the fried chicken.
We spin together and eat together for her birthday. I like it. I stuck with my 21 days of no desserts/treats and they brought out berries for my dessert.
Yep x 1,000,000:
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Have you dealt with a lot of injuries? What do you think is the cause?
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Anyone doing the 21 days without dessert/treats—> HOW IS IT GOING FOR YOU!?!