Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 74

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Morning walk around the block wearing medical face mask to protect lungs from vog. Battery tender on Avalon. Hosed bird droppings of walkway. Stretched; added new pectoral stretch as given by Shiatsu therapist.

Shower and dress. Ran a couple of errands to Aina Haina.

Breakfast followed by physical therapy. Exercises 1-14. Even though my left arm muscles are sore to the touch, the muscles were markedly looser than previously (I didn’t feel a ‘pulling’ and only one exercise caused muscle fatigue) . I am getting better! I know that recommended time for healing is 6-9 months but these small signs of continued healing are very motivating and encouraging.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 76

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Staying inside due to  VOG so no walk around the block.

Prepared for my massage and following interview at Macy’s for Holiday Retail Associate.

Received Shiatsu massage: response from therapist is that my muscles feel looser, main areas of tension are pectorals, triceps, and lower lats (all muscles used in massage …. and…. reading in bed by propping myself up on my elbows while laying on my stomach). Therapist also noted a marked increase in speed of my Range Of Motion (ROM), when asked to lift my arm up, I could move it at a faster speed. Therapist showed me targeted stretch for my pectorals.

Breakfast followed by preparing for job interview; hair, make-up, clothes, paperwork. Got hired as Holiday Flex Associate at Kahala Macy’s.

Ran one errand and home for take-out dinner. Rested a bit then reading of hiring paperwork.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 75

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Staying inside due to  VOG so no walk around the block. Spent time on computer updating stretching chart. Left hand no longer weak when typing.

Morning client light duty only; I massaged client’s scalp, face and abdomen.

Breakfast followed by: Physical Therapy: exercises 1-14. Medium pulling in left medial arm during Shoulder Pendulum exercise.  Left arm felt stronger today.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 74

Monday, October 8, 2012

Morning walk around the block wearing medical face mask to protect lungs from vog.

Morning client light duty only; I massaged client’s scalp, face and abdomen.

Breakfast followed by laundry.

Physical Therapy: exercises 1-15. Strong pulling in left medial arm during Shoulder Pendulum exercise. Early shoulder fatigue by exercise 13. Didn’t finish all 16 due to muscle fatigue. Exercises with exercise rod seemed easier. Exercises with Tension Bands seemed more difficult.

More laundry and chores.

No exercise bike due to vog.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 66

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Removed the Kinesio tape; noticed subtle muscle tenderness to the touch of the left deltoid now that Kinesio tape was removed. Left upper body felt heavier after removal. Realized the Kinesioi tape supported my arm for those three days I was wearing it. Even though it felt good to take off the tape, I am looking forward to having it applied again after our next Shiatsu massage.

Received full body combination Pressure Point/Swedish massage. The experience was different but the after-effects left me  feeling better.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 63-65

Shiatsu Massage & Physio Tape

Thursday-Saturday, September 27-29, 2012

Early morning walk around the block followed by 1/2 hour full body stretching.

Back to work light duty.

Too busy to to physical therapy; shame on me.

Hour of stationary bike in evening.

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Shoulder Trauma Healing Day 62

Shiatsu Massage & Physio Tape

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rise, set-up salon for treatment, shower, shampoo.

Received Shiatsu massage followed by application of Kinesio Tape (see photo above). The person who recommended this Shiatsu therapist said, “He won’t kill you.” but that was a lie. He killed me. I am dead. Kaput. In the Shiatsu therapist defense, I am a wimp who prefers only medium to sometimes firm pressure. And, during the Shiatsu, the therapist reassured me that the pressure he was applying was necessary due to the extreme tension and holding in the muscles of my neck, pectorals, traps, and scapula. I agreed, “If it will help heal my shoulder, this pain will be worth it.” In an hour session, the therapist worked on my neck, arms, pectorals, and abdomen. A positive result was no pain in my lower back when I turned over on the massage table. Kinesio tape was applied after the session to my pectorals, deltoids, and scapulas to support the muscles and decrease the pain. The Shiatus therapist counseled me after the session, “Take advil for the post-Shiatsu pain. The Kinesio tape will last up to 3 days with care. Gentle washing, avoid hard scrubbing. Cut off the ends of the Kinesio tape when it starts to roll or fray. Your body responded well. I think I can get you back to work before February. I recommend 1-2 Shiatsu treatments a week for a while.”

After the treatment, I felt pretty beat up. He said, “Sorry.” when I complained, moaned, and said “ouch’ during the Shiatsu to which I replied, “I don’t believe you.” We had a lot of laughs at my expense and I am optimistic at a possible positive outcome; i.e. shortened healing time. I started on 2 Tylenol every six hours as soon as he left in fear of delayed onset pain.

Went out for take-out food and then returned and rested the remaining day.

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