Yesterday was a bad back day again, which is REALLY frustrating as I thought I was being really good this week AND it meant missing a Christmas party last night. It turns out that there are lots of things that can cause my back to freak out while I'm trying to heal, including changes in the weather. I won't know for about a year if the weather problem is permanent or not, but for right now, it is possible that snow combined with a zippy 4 degrees can throw my back for a loop. Fair enough--the rest of me doesn't care for that kind of cold either.
today while getting ready for our party, I am taking regular breaks to
sit on my new massage cushion. The therapist told me that when muscles
knot, one essentially has to re-injure them to get them to relax.
Fortunately or unfortunately, my new back massager believes in this
program as well. The packaging calls it "Shiatsu action," which sounds
much more friendly than "back pulverization with heat," but it does
work. I think it's the same principal as those mallets for tenderizing
meat, but I try not to thing about that too much...............