Strange Exercises

StretchWhen the body is in pain the experience very much dominates the day.  Please forgive my going on about it but perhaps you will learn something that may be of help some day.  

A recent injury to the soft tissue in my right leg has led me down a path I knew nothing about before and I’m doing strange new treatment and exercises to help heal the problem.

I mentioned a few days ago about my Chriopractor who is also a practitioner of ART (Active Release Technique).  Basically that means she presses on what might be described as acupressure points and then releases them in order to break down scar tissue and free movement to its normal state.

Just so you know this is not a particularly fun technique for the patient.  It hurts like crazy for the few seconds she is pressing on the points.  I joked with her about how surprised I was to find someone who appears so kind and sweet could happily cause another human so much pain.  The good news is it works.

She combines this treatment with some homework in the form of exercises.  The women who read this may instantly think “kegel” exercises.  The principle is very much the same as that exercise all of us who have birthed children know is to strengthen the pelvic floor.  A version of it is also used to help heal plantar fasciitis.

The particular group of exercises I’m doing are called PNF stretches.  .  I’m to do them five times a day and drink lots of water.  This one you can practice at home yourself and it will strengthen those muscles which help you to stand and sit: “Glute Max a) Seated with knees and feet about hip width apart, squeeze/contract one buttock and hold for 5 seconds.  Repeat on each side, back and forth, five times.”

Did you try it?  I’ll spare you the other two and point out that you should likely do this sort of exercise under the direction of a professional.

It is working though it’s a slow process.  I’m hoping that two days off from driving bus (the cause of the damage) will give me a chance to heal a little better.  By today the pain was starting to win again.

My big challenge of course is remembering to do these things five times a day.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to Strange Exercises

  1. Sorry to hear about the pain Peggy, I wish you didn’t have to drive that bus!

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