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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

This was my follow up appointment with my chiropractor. My bad knee felt pretty good today – I circled 2 on the pain scale (no real pain just stiffness).

TENS + Heat
Graston around the knee



Thursday, April 19, 2012 2 comments

I woke up on Monday and I could not bend my bad knee. The two previous days I had been playing tourist with my sister-in-law who was visiting from Maine. We did a lot of walking and my feet were sore but don’t remember any knee issues.

I started taking Advil on Monday and rested the knee but finally broke down and went to the chiropractor this afternoon. First he applied ice while using TENS. Then he used Graston Technique to break down scar tissue.

He told me to continue to ice my knee and I could start doing light exercise on Saturday if the knee felt better.

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To Squat or Not Squat

Saturday, March 24, 2012 2 comments

I was very pleased that I did not have any knee pain from doing squats yesterday. I have purposely not done squats for the past couple of years because they caused a lot of joint pain in my knees. But, I miss squatting. I miss the feeling of having powerful quad muscles.

Please no lectures on the proper squat mechanics. I am not able to perform a rock bottom squat because I cannot bend my left leg more than 90 degrees.

I was evaluated by a CK-FMS in May of 2010. One of the test is the Deep Squat test and I am not able to get my glutes below my knees even if I elevate my heels. Click here for a video.

The CK-FMS recommended visiting a chiropractor to see if I could increase the range of motion (ROM) by breaking up scar tissue from surgery in 1982. After several very painful visits in which the chiropractor used Graston technique, I did increase my ROM almost 5 degrees – this allowed me to walk down stairs without any pain.

I have also received Deep Tissue Laser Treatment on both knees. This treatment did not increase my ROM but it did help with knee pain and my bad knee no longer locks up after sitting for long periods of time.

Deep Dissue Laser Treatment

I went to an orthopedic surgeon last year who took x-rays of both knees. It was his opinion that the limiting factor in the ROM was arthritis. He told me to continue to push the ROM and to NOT gain weight. He said that every 10 lbs of extra weight will feel like 70 lbs when you go down hill.

So, I am going to start to squatting again. It felt good and there was no pain!

This morning I did “Spin & Slim” in my very crammed living room. I would give the contractor a bonus if he would hurry up and finish my basement!


Monday, October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

4 AM Breakfast – 2 eggs, salsa, 1/2 banana, coffee
6:30 AM Decaf coffee
7:30 AM Crunch, tea
11:30 AM Sweet potatoes, roast chicken, green beans
12:30 PM Pumpkin Puck
4:30 Larabar
6:00 PM Ground chicken, gluten free tortilla, apple with peanut butter

I went to the chiropractor this afternoon because my lower back has been hurting me when I sleep. The doctor helped me stretch and recommended stretching exercises after doing deadlifts. I received TENS treatment.

My weight today was 118.7 lbs – yep, I didn’t make good choices this past weekend.

Active Release Technique #9

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The doctor did ART, TENS with a heating pad, and then Graston on my quad and knee.

I asked the doctor if he thought ART or Graston had helped my knee the most. He said he honestly didn’t know but that he thought that Graston was most appropriate for my situation.

I have decided not to seek any further treatments at this time. My knee feels great! Now I just need to train smart and keep it feeling great.

My surgery was 28 years ago and I guess the surgeons must have sewn up my ACL really tightly because it does not want to budge.

Categories: Soft Tissue Treatment

Active Release Technique #8

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I told the doctor that my knee did great on the 2 hikes this past weekend. It so nice that my knee doesn’t get stiff anymore.

The doctor did ART, TENS with a heating pad, and then Graston on my quad and knee. Finally the doctor helped me stretch.

Categories: Soft Tissue Treatment

Active Release Technique #7

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I told the doctor that my knee was a bit sore from hiking on Sunday. So, he started with ART and then applied TENS with the heating pad. Finally, he did Graston on my quad and knee.

Categories: Soft Tissue Treatment