Yesterday, I had my physical therapy/pool therapy evaluation. The physical therapist was really nice. She told me the different rules for the program and what I would be doing. I’ll have 8 sessions (2 per week) and I will be re-evaluated at the end.
While I was there, she checked to see how flexible my joints were. No shock, but most went beyond where they were supposed to go. When a joint angle’s normal range would be 90°, it would be 100-110°. She told me that most of the people who bent like that were ballet dancers. I mentioned that I hadn’t been one of those in a very long time.
There are also some muscle strength and weakness issues that she said current and former dancers have, i.e. outer thigh muscles are super strong, while inner ones are weak or just significantly weaker. That makes their knees more unstable. Guess who has those issues?
This girl right here.
She wants me to get a kickball-sized ball to put between my knees on non-pool days. She gave me some exercises to work on to strengthen those muscles. She was also very specific about the kind of pain that is good and the kind that is not.
I think I’ll enjoy doing pool/physical therapy this time around; and I plan on actually sticking to it this time.