Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hip Update

My tricky hip is getting better, thanks a combination of powerful meds, ice, stretching exercises and miracle gel.

I do feel a weird about one of the stretches, though.

I don't know why this stretch has to be done in my underwear, but it's given me a great idea for a "Photoshop Jeff"... too bad my wife hid the camera.

Then there's the miracle gel.

This is my connection with greatness. Real men use stuff like this after hard workouts, or huge physical accomplishments. The smell alone is enough to clear your sinuses. A thin layer is all I need for my entire leg to go blissfully numb. Every time I open the tube, rugged bearded mountain climbers come by to ask if I wanna go out and play.

Surely, such a powerful product must be made of titanium, whiskey, and the crushed dreams of lesser men, right? Let's see...

Oh. Hm. "Lady Slipper"? Really?

I have new-found respect for lady's footwear.

Finally, since my lame injuries seem to be increasing in frequency, P-Ziddy has issued the following prediction about my condition in the near future.

I should be horrified, but I'm kinda looking forward to having auto-tune permanently installed on my voice.


At 2:22 PM, Blogger Tiffany in Topeka said...

Glad you're feeling a little better. I'm also glad you posted the miracle gel.... I might need to get some of that! This dancing with all the teenagers is kicking my butt!

I'm also glad you posted the stretch because I am going to do it, right now! (except, I think I'll keep my clothes on - this time!) haha!

Continued health and recovery!!!

At 8:25 PM, Blogger jeff.w.mcclung said...

LOL... to you also! Good luck with the gel, I wasn't exaggerating when I described the smell. It'll knock you over if you aren't ready for it.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Diana said...

So I have a sore right hip myself, and am trying to stretch it out. HOw is yours, and which stretches did you do?

At 10:26 AM, Blogger jeff.w.mcclung said...

I did some Google searches and didn't quite come up with what I was looking for. The "Underwear Stretch" from this blog post is still in play, although the rule now is to hold each stretch for a full minute. You should feel a stretch, but not *pain*.

I haven't watched those videos, but the pose the guy is holding in the very first image is close to what I'm doing. One leg crossed over the other, then pull the knee across your body. Should feel the stretch in your hip / IT Band. Again, feel a stretch, but not *pain*, hold for 1 minute.

Google "lower back stretches" as well, but I wouldn't go overboard. Pick 3-4 total (including these two) and do them for a few days. See what your body tells you.

Good luck. These problems don't go away quickly. :(

At 10:28 AM, Blogger jeff.w.mcclung said...

Oh, and one other thing... always do these stretches on both sides. Even though your left side seems OK, it may actually be tight, which causes your right side to overcompensate, which leads to injury.


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