Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes..

Knees and Toes. Knees and Toes...bet you sang that didn’t you?

The one thing that happens as we get older is that it takes a lot longer for our bones, ligaments and tendons to heal but that should not deter us from doing physical activity of any sort.  What also happens is that any injuries that occurred in our younger years could be aggravated causing flare ups as I am currently experiencing.


Way back when, it was a beautiful day with the thermostat topping in the 40s in sunny Spain.  The water sparkled in the pool and as cousins do, there was a partaking of horseplay which invariably lead to me being thrown in.

Laughing, tears of joy…..or were they of pain??

The day ended with me at the hospital with a raging swollen wrist, the doctor casting me up and my holiday ruined.

Jiu Jitsu has now flared up this old injury and between the pain in my wrist and the one in my shoulder, I have been forced to re-evaluate my training exercises.  Instead of allowing fear to overtake my progression, I am now trying to push through the fear of the pain and learn to work within my body limitations to succeed.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”  – Nelson Mandela

It’s time to conquer the fear of getting hurt.

Recommended by Coach JJ (thank you so much!!) from 5th Dimension Academy, PhysioMed was like a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

I was looking for a physiotherapist that would specifically know how I might have hurt my shoulder.

Yep…they understood forward rolls.

The bonus was that Dr. Salameh quickly figured out about my previous wrist injury (taking the time to explain exactly where my injury lays) and not only focused on how to help me strengthen but also went above and beyond to teach me how to tape my wrist so that I can continue tdownload-3o train.  That in itself was an inspiration for me to continue my journey.

The moment the good doctor said that he was going to come up with a conditioning program to not only help me strengthen for day-to-day but for a fruitful lifelong relationship with Jiu Jitsu…well, it was like getting a birthday present when it isn’t even your birthday!!

I went back to training the following night with a renewed interest and zest for not just learning the techniques taught in class but to learn how those techniques work with any shortcomings of my body. (Did I mention that I am a smidgen above 5′ and have a body shape that resembles a turtle?)

download-4Experimenting now with different ways to tape my wrist, using my hips to raise myself more instead of using my shoulder to pull in a choke hold, I am a lot less afraid of getting hurt.

My new motto now…

Train smarter, not harder.

If you are in the world of martial arts or sports or are a clutz just like me….I happen to know a very skilled and knowledgeable physiotherapist and team in the Hamilton area now.  Give PhysioMed a shout…they are wonderful people of the same mindset in martial arts (and extremely patient with crazy old ladies – just sayin’ – they are an all-rounded facility filled with smiles and genuineness that makes you want to put your poor aching body in their capable hands).

On a side note, I’ve learned that a bra strap not only helps hold up this gal’s lady mounds but is also quite useful in securing a frozen gel pack to a tender shoulder while making dinner for the fam!

Gentlemen, if you feel at all envious, there is always Fraser’s “Manssiere” for your supporting needs.


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