Good morning Inside Out friends.
I have been under the weather for a couple of weeks now. Nothing contagious, but definitely have a wicked cough and a bad bout of laryngitis that I am not able to kick at the moment. I wasn’t sure if I should reschedule my appointment with Troy, but honestly I’ve been to the urgent care and left with a script for prednisone. My buddies at insideout haven’t steered me wrong yet, so I headed to Madison.
It was interesting walking in and seeing Lucas and Troy, I expected to hear them say “Let’s reschedule.” Nope, Bro Hugs and let’s go! To start off we, I played memory on the iPad. You see, they know my memory sucks which is why I believe they start with this. I surround myself with people that know me and want to help me be the best version of myself.
Troy knows that I have some pulmonary issue going on, so to start addressing the obvious we do some Lying Lymph Drain. He doesn’t do it for me. He shows me how to do it and I do this for 2 minutes on each side to help loosen up whatever is causing me to cough. I’ll say this here because it’s important and I don’t want to forget to tell you. After doing the lymph drain, I did not cough one time during the entire training session. Now, I know this is not rocket science, what is so impressive is that Troy is so in tune with his clients that he knew exactly what I needed in that moment. Nailed it buddy. Thank you! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with going to the doctor. But, when I went to urgent care, no nurse, no doctor, nobody laid one hand on me. The doctor looked at me, wrote me a script for prednisone and sent me home. Here at Inside O
ut they actually care enough to work on either solving your issue or at the very least giving you the skills that you can take home with you.
Next we looked at neck range of motion. Not good! So, Troy teaches me some neck exercises that incorporate eye movements. Meaning, as I move my neck around in different positions, I lead with my eyes. My range of motion gets better and worse until we find the exercise that my body responds to best. What we found is that when we also incorporate the cervical spine into the neck exercises, I saw much more improvement in my range of motion.
Finally we added some external stimulation to the neck. From light touch, with a Kleenex, a poke and some vibration. Out of these three types of stimulation, I would say that the vibration stimulation had the most profound impact on my range of motion.
We ended our session talking about nutrition. Specifically, caloric intake vs. calories burned. What he said was simple enough in theory. Using the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time eat healthy, 20% of the time go to town. Obviously he said more, but that’s what I took away. I look forward to learning more about nutrition, because I feel this has a huge impact on the way I feel physically and mentally. When my kids ask me to workout or how do I lose weight I not only want to model this lifestyle for them, I want to be able to teach them what I have learned here at insideout. Someone told me once, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I feel like this is playing out in my household right now!
Until next time…..