Write First Blog Post and email to John Stephenson PHYSIO
You will need to come up with a blogger name- you could use your real name or a creative username. This will also need to be in the email you send to John.
John will then set you up a bloggers account, and email you back with details of how to access this account. Your first blog will have been posted for you by AAA Physio Support.
You are now able to log in, have a look around! (You are also able to change the automatically generated password given to you)
All blog posts from that point forward can be written and posted by you directly onto the website (no need to get it done in one go – there is a ‘save as draft’ function!). You are also able (and encouraged) to include photos in your posts.
John or AAA Physio support are always on hand if you experience any technical difficulties with the blog.
Since my last session I had been really trying to focus on keeping my head in the right position rather than jutting it forward, keeping my shoulders back and my back straight (so that I resemble less of an S shape overall). However, I had been having a bit of knee pain in the days leading up to seeing John.
When I arrived at my appointment I told John about the knee pain and we went through what I had done that week that may have caused this. I did a 35 mile cycle and a long swim on Sunday – but I have been able to go on 2 cycle tours in France since my injury so it almost definitely wasn’t that – the we realised it was the wedding I had gone to on Saturday in shoes that weren’t totally flat (which are all I’m used to wearing) and standing around and dancing in them for over 10 hours.
I was so relieved that the pain could be easily pinpointed. During this session we practiced my checks for setting my body in the correct position and then practiced the order of drills/exercises to do before ‘falling’ into running (I haven’t tried running properly yet – just the preparation!). The list is as follows:
Leaning backwards as if I am standing on the edge of a cliff (weight on my heels)
rocking that weight forward onto the widest part of my feet – now in my ‘eddie the eagle’ pose
alternate knee pushes (don’t bob up and down!) keeping my core engaged and my head back even as I start to concentrate
add elbow drives to my knee pushes without starting to twist my hips
stop mid movement – with my knee cocked and my elbow back
lean my weight forward until I fall forwards taking the tiniest step possible (this is my first step of a run!)
glide off trying to remember the feeling of falling forward, keeping my head back, keeping my core engaged, not twisting my hips…there’s a lot to think about!
After going through this, John worked on the back of my neck, which has got used to years of me holding my head forward. We realised this may be one of the causes of the many headaches I get around the base of my skull/neck. After he had given me a treatment my head felt really light for the rest of the day.
At the end of my appointment we talked about my October 10k goal, and John said that he thought we should have a closer goal to work towards. We agreed on a 5k at the end of July/beginning of August.
That afternoon once I was back at work, John sent me a couch to 5k podcast programme which he recommended I start this week. He gave me some bits of advice over text – how to do the walking sections, how long to leave in between each run or other ‘bouncing’ exercise and to start on week 2.
I tried my first run/walk yesterday and am overjoyed to report that it was pain free! It consisted of 2 mins brisk walking followed by 90 seconds running for a total of 20 minutes. Before each run section I would reset (as per my list above) and fall into my 90 seconds of running. At 2 points – once on a downhill and once on an uphill – I got a small twinge in my bad knee but neither time did it persist and my knee has felt fine since (it’s now 24 hours later). I am looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow!
I was recommended a visit to John by a colleague after living with a knee injury for the past 2 years. John and I are currently working towards getting me back running which is something I have really missed since my injury. In my first 3 sessions, John has taken a really holistic approach to my injury and has identified different links and factors that haven’t been highlighted to me before, but which make a lot of sense. Now we are working on the way I sit and stand in normal life (which leaves a lot to be desired especially as my job is largely desk based) as a starting point to work towards running. I’m not having to do loads of exercises every day but rather I am trying to think about and be aware of how I’m holding myself (or try not to think too much as this seems to be the problem!) and to re-programme old habits. I have booked a 10k race in October so this is what we are working towards, fingers crossed!