Monday, July 29, 2019

Individualized Physical Therapy Treatment for Scoliosis

Last week, I teamed up with Dave Barber of Bodymechanics Physical Therapy in Norwell, MA to chat about his individualized physical therapy treatment for scoliosis (and other ailments and conditions). I actually found him via Instagram, and we’ve worked together for about 6 weeks now. His approach is totally different than anything I have experienced from a physical therapist, so I wanted to share my experience as well as some specific details from my case.

Individualized Physical Therapy Treatment for Scoliosis

You might remember my history with back pain and scoliosis (mostly related to marathon training and CrossFit) and subsequent not-so-great experiences with physical therapy. I never had much success with it. And, in my experience, there definitely was never an individualized physical therapy treatment. Even between different therapists, it seemed like there was a “one-size-fits-all” plan to get you better and out the door. Sure, my symptoms improved short-term, but I’d end up in pain months later because the treatment wasn’t a long-term solution, especially for the severity of my scoliosis and desired activity level.

Individualized Physical Therapy Treatment for Scoliosis

My experience with Dave has been totally different. His approach is truly an individualized physical therapy treatment for scoliosis. I’ve learned sooooo much from him, and I’ve never felt better! I’m even back to running and doing CrossFit in recent weeks! Watch our video for all of the details about my specific case (spoiler: my approach was completey backwards before meeting Dave) as well as what I’m doing to improve my scoliosis (and related back pain) for lasting results!

 

 

If you’re curious how my time at Bodymechanics Physical Therapy relates to my experience with Zen Den, I’m still a patient of Zen Den and visit every other week. I’m still using my eye patch (arg!) on the regular, and I really think the combination of the visual brain integration with the exercises and stretching that I learned from Dave have made all the difference in how I feel! 🙂

I was not compensated for this blog post. My health insurance covered the cost of my visits to Bodymechnics Physical Therapy. 

 

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Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Collard Green Tuna Wraps

If you’re looking for a quick keto-friendly lunch, look no further. In less than ten minutes, you can throw together these tuna wraps using one of our favorite greens for all your wrap needs—collard green leaves. A bit of Primal-friendly mayo, some veggies, and a bit of fresh lemon juice give plenty of creamy flavor to this easy (and economical) meal you can grab and go with.

Check it out….

Collard Green Tuna Wraps

Servings: 12 wraps

Time In the Kitchen: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 collard leaves
  • 1 tin of tuna
  • 2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Mayo (your favorite flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 squeezes fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cucumber (cut into matchstick shape)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/8 cup radish (cut into matchstick shape)
  • 1/4 avocado (in slices)

Instructions:

Wash and dry collard leaves. Use a paring knife to cut the stems.

In a small bowl, combine tuna with mayo, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well.

Place collard leaves on a flat surface (1 large leaf per wrap). Top each leaf with tuna mixture and veggies, placing all ingredients on one end of the leaf.

Wrap up it up like you would a burrito—fold the leaf over top of the mixture and keep rolling, tucking both sides in as you roll. Cut the wrap in half. (You can use a toothpick to secure if desired.) Repeat the process with the other wrap. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (1 wrap):

  • Calories: 244
  • Total Carbs: 5.7 grams
  • Net Carbs: 24.5 grams
  • Fat: 18 grams
  • Protein: 18 grams

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Shake It Off

Hi there!! I spent all day yesterday feeling like it was Saturday. My brain needs one more day of rest apparently! Would you work extra hard and/or long Monday – Thursday for three-day weekends? I really wish that’s how our culture worked. It would be so much more efficient!

Date Night With Mazen

On Friday night I picked up Mazen from the camp bus and took him on a special date. He left Saturday morning for a 10-day trip, and I wanted to fit in lots of extra time together. His first six days will be in the Adirondacks with Karen doing a grandparent camp through Road Scholar. They’ll be hiking and canoeing and mess hall-ing and smores-ing for the week. I hope I can do something like that with my grandchildren some day. Heck, I think it sounds like a great parent experience too! So long as its glamping and not rustic tent living without bathrooms – haha!

We went to Zinburger for dinner. I had a ahi tuna salad and M had a grilled cheese. And then we each got a milkshake! Chocolate fo him, birthday cake for me.

Morning PT with Gus!

Saturday Farewell

We made Mazen a special french toast breakfast and said our goodbyes.

Bye bye big brother!

Recipe Development

I spent some time on Sat AM making a recipe for Quaker. Coming soon! We all enjoyed the final product for morning snack.

Stroller Walk + Shower + Salad + Nap

Next up I took B on a walk, then took a shower, then had the leftover portion of this big Chopt salad for lunch. We all took naps in the afternoon – it was lovely!

Date Night With My Other Boys

Thomas, Birch and I went out again on Saturday night. We walked downtown (it was juuuuust barely cool enough to walk) and found some patio shade at Zocalo. I was craving their salmon with the goat cheese couscous!

Warm Bacon + Spinach Salad (plus we had gazpacho on the house!)

Thomas’s Ahi Tuna

Salmon + Side of Asparagus

Late Night

After we walked home and put Birch to bed, I went over to our friends’ house for a little party. Remember Tucker the puppy?! He’s a big boy now!

Sunday Breakfast + Run

I was in bed by 11:30 and up at 6:30 with Birch. I had a little yogurt parfait for breakfast (you’ll be seeing this soon!!) and then headed out on a ~3 mile greenway run with an Aaptiv coach. I 100% run harder when I put on Aaptiv compared to when I just put on music or a podcast. I love having a trainer push me!

Gal Time

On Sunday afternoon some girlfriends came over for some wine sippin’ and front porch rockin’. ‘Tis the good life.

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