Here we go again I thought to myself! It was Sunday about 12 noon, It was only the beginning, only 30 minutes passed and the race literally just started. I had to seriously talk to my exhausted self and tell myself that this was just another obstacle I had to conquer, no matter what. “DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES OR YOUR MOUTH “ screamed 100’s of sideline spectators and in an instant, “I was totally submerged with my head deep under the murkey Swamp water for 45 seconds,” which actually felt like 5 minutes. HAHHH I gasped for my breath as I popped my head and sore neck from under the thick soupy water and came out the other side of the wooden panel above. Weeew I made it I thought, I went under the overhead 10 foot barrracade plywood wall above. Victory! One by one like soldiers the SPARTAN RACERS all came out ok, We sloshed our tired freezing bodies through the muddy moat below us bear climbing up the slick trail ahead . For every 2 people who made it up the hill, 5 slipped backward into the water again despite several attempts to escape the sludgey pool. The next trail before us was a steeper elevation than the prior. My calves burned like fire as I stumbled sloppily through the uneven terrain of what looked like a mix of weeds atop of a mound of soft uncooked brownie cake mix. I knew then that even the pro mountain climber and trail runners next to me would not be able to easily ascend this trail. This was was just the beginning. Guess what surprise was waiting for us atop of the mini mountain. Not even an elite soldier would laugh at that.
JUST KEEP ON GOING- ONWARD!
When was this course going to FINISH already? It was only 12:35 PM the hot sun beating down on my neck and my mind was starting to wander, and my focus was wavering into a fog. I was already complaining after only 60 minutes in. To my left a 57 year old male pushing forward like a gorilla warrior, his eyes peered like lasers on the next target ahead as he blew by me just like in the story of the fox and the tortoise. That moment, I felt humbled and realized that this was a mind game. That 57 year old man gave me a quick subliminal lesson as ‘ I heard his muffled voice whisper to me mumbling to himself just 2 more minutes. JUST GET TO THE NEXT ARROW ON THE TRAIL. We had at LEAST, 2 more HOURS of this self inflicted torture. What did he mean by 2 more minutes? I suppose I would only know at the FINISH LINE. That’s what the SPARTAN (obstacle race) was all about- determination to get it done no matter what!
Spartan Sprint – Sunday:
OFIR ISAAC crossed the Finish at 130PM
Course time: 02:01:40
HOW I APPLY THE SPARTAN WARRIOR MENTALITY TO PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENT
Before I get into it and give you the 3 killer steps that a SPARTAN WARRIOR RACER uses to make it through the pain, torture and burn of a 5 mile sprint, I need you understand exactly what goes on in these Obstacle Course Races. A typical 5 mile race involves running in WAIST HIGH MUD, “TOTAL BODY IMMERSION IN DUMPSTERS FILLED WITH ICE WATER”, CLIMBING OVER 10 FOOT WOODEN SLIPPERY HURDLES, GRAPPLING ACROSS MONKEY BARS, SWINGING LIKE AN ARANGATAN ACROSS 20 CIRCUS RINGS ABOVE A BARBEQUE OF REAL FIRE AND COALS,,…… AND EVEN CARRYING AN 80 LB BOULDER ON ONE SHOULDER….IN DEEP THICK SWAMP WATER.
“FINISHING” A SPARTAN OBSTACLE MUD RACE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH AN ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY APPROACH- LETS SEE HOW THIS WORKS….
First, let me explain what an excellent top notch ACTIVE Physical Therapy Approach is NOT supposed to look like, especially if you intend to get the MOST benefit for facing your obstacles of TIME MONEY AND TRAVEL to attend Physical therapy sessions.
Ask yourself this simple but key question, “Do I want to achieve full recovery and FINISH WITH THIS PROBLEM FOR GOOD, or do I just want feel good short term “relief”, where my injury will keep coming back with every activity I do?”
Now, I want you to ask yourself these questions to see if you are ready to learn about the ultimate long term solution to your Pain and Injury.
- Have you taken Pain Medications?
- Had Cortisone Injections?
- Went for a Massage or tried Acupuncture?
- Looked for Self Stretching on Google or Youtube to “fix yourself”?
- Tried Chiropractic Adjustments?
- Had a “personal trainer” or a “friend” give you advice about what to do for your pain and injury?
If you checked off a yes to any of the above then you have tried PASSIVE THERAPY. Passive Therapy is ok for relief but alone NEVER GETS YOU TO THE FINISH LINE OF RECOVERY FROM YOUR PAIN AND INJURY!
PASSIVE THERAPY is no different than being a spectator in YOUR OWN SPARTAN race where you paid good money to attend and once you get through mile one you “give up” because it’s way too much work, way too much burn, too much mental pain to get over those hills and obstacles.
A GREAT PHYSICAL THERAPY APPROACH is MEANT TO HELP COACH YOU THROUGH, UP OVER AND AROUND “YOUR MENTAL OBSTACLES” to FINISHING. IT’S AN ACTIVE APPROACH WHERE YOU ARE MOVING AND DOING WORK.
IF YOU STILL WANT TO BE “ SPECTATOR “ IN YOUR HEALING AND LAY BACK GET A MASSAGE OR AN “ “POPPING CRACKING ADJUSTMENT” OR “JUST TAKE PILLS” Or CONTINUE WITH A PASSIVE MODALITY …..THEN STOP READING THIS NOW, YOU CAN GO FIND THAT APPROACH IN JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER BROOKLYN “REHABILITATION CENTER”. AT OTHER CENTERS YOU WILL FACE THE SAME OBSTACLES BUT WILL NEVER FINISH NOT HERE ………. NOT AT ALLCAREPT of BROOKLYN!
Onward…. Lets go .
For those who want to take a NEW MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH to crushing any pain they have and finish therapy with success like a SPARTAN WARRIOR RACER would at an obstacle race, then I am going to give you the simple 3 step SPARTAN “secret sauce” process as promised now.
SPARTAN STEP 1 :
PAIN is a PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION of YOUR MENTAL AWARENESS!
You are probably reading this because you may have pain in your Arm, Shoulder, Neck , Knee, Lower Back or even your foot and ankle. That’s ok just remember this as you begin your SPARTAN RACE with pain, its not a marathon it’s a journey into your own mind. The only way you begin to overcome your own pain “intrinsically” or internally is by using self motivation to push through the tough obstacles. TALK TO YOURSELF AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT BY USING POSTIIVE THOUGHTS YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR PAIN LEVEL BY CHANGING YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS IN YOU BRAIN- FIRST! Then you can begin to be an ACTIVE participant in the race to FINISH with pain and get to recovery!
PAIN STARTS IN YOUR BRAIN AND SENDS “FLAMES OF PAIN” DOWN TO YOUR SPINE AND YOUR EXTREMITIES… TO ATTACK A FLAME ATTACK IT AT ITS SOURCE – YOUR THOUGHTS!
SPARTAN STEP 2:
EACH OF THE 3 OBSTACLES BELOW CREATES AN EXCUSE “NOT TO FINISH THERAPY”
These are the equivalent ADULT excuses to “the dog ate my homework” . We all have a life and we all choose what we want to accomplish with the limited resources in our life. An ACTIVE physical therapy approach gets YOU involved in YOUR CARE and YOUR HEALING for YOUR BODY. You must push your body through the limitations of mobility and strength to FINISH.
To Finish you must MAKE TIME ( GET TO YOUR THERAPY SESSIONS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK NO EXCUSES LISTEN TO YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS THEY ARE YOUR COACHES), SPEND MONEY (BECAUSE YOU SEE VALUE IN GETTING HELP TO GET TO LONG TERM RECOVERY AND NOT LISTEN TO YOUR INURANCE CARRIER WHO TELLS YOU TO BE A SPECTATOR IN YOUR RECOVERY— FORCING MORE “PASSIVE TREATMENT ON YOU”) TRAVEL: excuses excuses …PARKING AND TRAVELING TO SHOP TAKES JUST AS MUCH WORK BUT YOU DO IT ANYWAY– TRAVELING TO YOUR THERAPY PAYS OFF IF YOU ARE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT.
A top Physical Therapy approach will be CUSTOM DESIGNED to help you go over , under or around your obstacles and help you FINISH LIKE A SPARTAN WARRIOR.
Don’t keep thinking about the FINISH. Enjoy the challenge of getting through those obstacles and face each obstacle as a puzzle to solve. ACTIVELY participating in the RIGHT APPROACH to Physical Therapy takes work and makes you actually do work called “therapeutic exercise” that you may not be interested in performing . ACTIVE participation means doing a HOME EXERCISE routine. These approaches are self adjustments of your body that we coach you through to help you overcome pain and lack of mobility and strength.
STOP COMPLAINING – NOTHING COMES EASY YOU MUST WORK TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE OF PAIN AND INJURY RECOVERY.
Why Choose AllcarePT in Brooklyn?
Only choose Allcare PT when YOU decide that you want to take a different direction and FINISH with your PAIN and RECOVER FULLY FROM INJURY.
We get people to the FINISH LINE because we believe in ACTIVE approach to Physical Therapy . Our treatment is not just about making our customer feel like a “spectator” on the sidelines and having the physical therapist do all the work to “make you FEEL better”. When you the patient take an ACTIVE ROLE in your injury recovery and push yourself just a little bit each day , with each session you too can get over ANY OBSTACLES. You can get AROUND any Obstacle and you too can push yourself to the FINISH LINE just like a SPARTAN WARRIOR!
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