Monday, April 9, 2012

Piriformis Update & Grilled Veggie Salad

New Piriformis Exercises
Today wasn't too terrible for a Monday. Of course, I did leave a little early. That always helps huh ;-) I had another round of physical therapy today. My PT has been really researching piriformis syndrome and found an interesting article that discusses the use of McKenzie Exercises - typically used for back pain.

I have started adding in low back extensions (one of the exercises) but now have a whole new list of exercises to add into my workout rotations. But, if it helps, I'll do it. I also asked her about dry needling (thanks Sarena), which is sort of similar to acupuncture, but is more about trigger point and intramuscular stimulation.

And I'm glad I asked because the timing is uncanny. One of the doctor's in the clinic happens to be going to get certified this weekend. They both believe that I am a prime candidate for the procedure. So we'll see how that goes. Kind of scared because I hate hate hate needles.

Have any of you tried dry needling?

Bis/Tris
I did get in a pretty solid workout for biceps and triceps. I started on the elliptical as a warmup then went with my typical supersets of 8 reps for 3 sets unless noted.

SS#1
Alternating curls
Lying triceps extensions

SS#2
Hammer curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions

SS#3
Incline curls
Double-arm kickbacks

I did a short ab workout after the weights as well before calling it done for the day. 

Grilling
Yesterday was rather gray and gloomy, and much much cooler than the crazy warm temps we've been having. I suppose you could say it actually felt like spring weather, but since it's been so warm, it felt much cooler than it really was. Or that's my story.

So it was a nice change to see the sunshine today and temps back to 80. This meant I "had" to grill out for dinner of course. Which also made meal planning a cinch. I just went with a grilled Tempeh and Veggie Salad. Super easy, but super tasty.

I made up a quick mustard balsamic marinade for the tempeh and grilled that along with squash, zucchini, portobellos, and sweet potatoes. I tossed it all on a bed of spinach and leaf lettuce and added in some jarred roasted red bell peppers.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Warm temps
  • Grilling