Funny Linda should pick “cramp” as today’s prompt…
My aquatic therapy is going quite well. I’ve gotten to where my therapist, Meghan, stays outside the pool and just tells me what to do, and I can do it. There’s a lot of walking back and forth in the water, both forward, backward, and sideways, as well as exercises I do in the water. It’s a full hour, and I can be pretty tired after all that exercise, especially since I live a relatively sedentary lifestyle otherwise.
While I’m sore when I get finished, there’s no actual pain, at least there hadn’t been until last night (I’m writing this Friday afternoon, so “last night” means “Thursday night/Friday morning”). I woke up at 4:30 this morning with the worst charley horse in my left buttock I think I’ve ever had. I’d try to roll over, and the pain would just intensify. It seemed like the only way I could lie in bed was flat on my back, which I don’t like to do because I start to snore and wake Mary up (that was a moot issue, since Mary was already awake and sitting in the living room reading or playing Candy Crush).
Fortunately, at Mary’s insistence a couple of months ago, I bought this little contraption, a muscle and joint massager. I keep it near the bed for just such occasions.
Mine is black, but it’s the same thing. Source: PadoUSA.com
I turned it on and held it on the affected area, and a few minutes later, while the area still hurt, I could at least roll over and go back to sleep. While I was working the cramp out, Mary heard it and came up to investigate.
“What’s that noise?” she asked.
“It’s the massager you told me to get. I have a cramp in my ass.”
“Aren’t you glad I made you get it?”
With that, she left, and I went back to massaging my butt.
Seriously, if you tend to get charley horses or tightness in muscles, the thing is great. It’s long enough that you can reach almost everywhere on your body, the speed is adjustable, it’s lightweight, and definitely worth the price, which is a lot less expensive than the professional ones that massage therapists use (Mary has been trained as a massage therapist, so we have a couple of the heavy-duty ones).
Pado USA didn’t give me a free massager or pay me for writing this.
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