Exercise support I am using: Rymora Calf Compression Sleeves
Since the pools have been closed I have switched my attention to running and biking. When it comes to running I have been struggling with residual nerve damage in my left calf from a previous low back disc herniation. Accordingly, severe cramping in my lower leg has, on more than one occasion, forced me to stop a training run. On the advice from a colleague I decided to try using compression sleeves to see if it would change my performance. So far, I can happily report that things appear to be much improved! I have not had to stop during a run since the initiation of wearing the sleeves. If you are having difficulty during exercise of any kind due to muscular spasm, cramping or stiffness, you may want to give compression gear a shot. Besides the additional support they provide, an increase in proprioception (your body’s position awareness) may be why a change in symptoms and function occur.
Book I am listening to: Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing The Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza
After reading some of Dr. Dispenza’s work a few years ago, I was reminded by a fellow Align Lifer (Thanks Sue!) that he had written a couple of new books. In this one, the author discusses how our mind has a powerful influence over our physical health. He also focuses on how our past experiences can distort our mind and keep us trapped in old behaviors leading to the same poor outcomes. If you have found yourself in a rut and you can’t get out, grab a copy immediately and give it a listen/read!
Quote I am loving: “The body does not know the difference between an emotion created by an experience you are having in the outside environment and an experience you are creating internally” ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza from “Becoming Supernatural”
This concept has enormous implications when it comes to healing the physical body as well as creating the life you desire to live. If you can focus your awareness on the outcome you desire, increase your emotion around it and allow your body to feel as if it has already happened, you can create just about anything. The key to this process is repetition and feeling. A daily meditation practice could be integral in achieving this result!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC