The Best Schedule for Injury Care

Massage for injury rehabWhen clients come in with an injury that stops them from playing their sport, they usually want to know when they will be 100%.  And they usually hope you can tell them.  They want anyone to tell them.

They know their body pretty well, and they know how severe or mild their own injury is, so the answer or words they are really hoping to hear is for someone to tell them “out loud” what they are thinking to themselves.

“Oh, this is terrible.  Just terrible.  You are out for 6 weeks or 12 weeks.  Then you’ll be right back where you were before you got hurt.”

We wish it were that easy to know the future of when and/or how fast or slow someone will get back to 100%.

But it’s not that easy.  Every human body is different.  Every injury is different.  Every athlete is different and has unique styles of discipline, rest, recovery, diet, positive self-talk, etc.

Even the exact same doctor performing the exact same ACL replacement has different outcomes.  A different muscle tone before the surgery, different muscle imbalances that probably caused the ACL tear in the first place, etc, etc.

So, when helping athletes, put yourself in their shoes.  Consider their fear of NEVER playing their sport again.  Even with a simple injury, THIS is their main concern.

This is the schedule I usually try for acute injuries: (not the plan for post-surgery)

  • First Session: 1 hour in length, massage with assessment, ice, ice massage, stretches if indicated, refer to doctor if indicated.  You are looking for the specific muscle affected, how hot/swollen it is, is it even safe for you to work on them. After isolating the problem area, assess how much pressure they can handle, how strong of a contraction if any can they make, how much stretching of the area can they handle. Ice the area, and ice massage if tolerated.
  • Next Day, Day 2: 30 minutes in length, quick massage with assessment, ice massage, stretches
  • Next Day, Day 3: 30 minutes, same as yesterday
  • Two Days later, and every 2 days for 2 weeks: 30 minutes, same treatment plan using more pressure as tolerated, adding more stretching as tolerated.  If you are also a personal trainer, add strengthening as tolerated. Start assessing why the injured area is possibly out of balance.  If injury does not improve, or keeps coming back with little activity, send them to a doctor
  • 7 & 14 days after first session: 1 hour in length (in the middle of the 30 min/every other day schedule), massage with assessment, use more pressure as tolerated, ice massage, stretches and start adding opposite areas.  Always check in with the athlete about their workout schedule and how they are feeling, are they back to regular workouts? How is the pain right after the massage? When do they feel best? Worst? What are they doing themselves to help heal? You are looking for the swelling to go down, the heat in the affected area to go away, the pain to go away with pressure and then with action of that muscle, and lastly no pain with both.
  • Next twice per week @ 30 minutes or 1 @ 60 minutes, if they are still hurting, or this is a more serious injury that will take more time, pull back to 2-30 minutes or 1 60 minute session per week, depending on their availability and yours.  Be consistent & show them their progress.

Hope this helps.


Family Fun in Albuquerque for the Summer, Our Top 15 Suggestions

Summer Camp Fun, Rock Climbing at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Summer Camp Fun, Rock Climbing at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Each summer, the kids and I love visiting all Albuquerque has to offer.  We love it so much that we created a summer camp to invite other kids!  I’ve done this for several summers, before I was married, and had a blast.  This year we have an intern for about 18 months, and together we will play all around the city.

Here is the list of our top 15 activities our camp includes, and our most favorite places to go with kids ages 7-16 in Albuquerque: (most of these prices are for day passes for kids, adult prices are usually more)

$4, Zoo (ABQ Biopark)

$4 Aquarium/Botanical Gardens

$4 New Mexico Natural History Museum

$4-8 Explora

$2 Bowling (sign up for FREE BOWLING here!)

$6 Rail Runner Train to Santa Fe

Free, Los Poblanos Organic Farm (call ahead 505-344-9297)

$22+ Cliff’s Amusement Park

$27 Hinkle Family Fun Center

$12 Gravity Park (Trampoline Park, 1 hour)

$18+ Stone Age Climbing Gym (Rock Climbing)

$10 Archery Shoppe (1 hour)

$11 Putt Putt (Mondays)

$12-17 Sandia Peak Tramway

$35+ Radisson Water Park (weekends only w purchase of hotel stay)

Have a great summer!!

2013 Summer Bucket List

SumThe kids and I came up with the activities we wanted to add to this summer’s list of how to spend our time…besides relaxing, reading & traveling to Alaska.  We also try to add daily flashcards and writing.  The school work is good to keep track of with stickers for each completion to earn some “Toy store money”.

Since there were so many activities, we made a schedule of events and then invited some friends to have a itty bitty summer camp of fun. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Zoo
  • Aquarium
  • Explora
  • Natural History Museum (and Dynamax movies)
  • Romero’s Street Cafe
  • Gravity Park (Trampoline Park)
  • Stone Age Climbing Gym
  • Swimming
  • Xtreme Hangtime (Trampoline Park)
  • A day in the Jemez Mountains
  • Take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Hinkle Family Fun Center
  • Cliffs Amusement Park
  • Isotopes Baseball Game
  • Sandia Tram Ride & Picnic
  • Radisson Water Park
  • Make Flubber
  • Gardening at Los Polanos Organic Farm
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Water Fights
  • Water Balloon Tosses
  • Cooking Contests
  • Make Father’s Day gifts
  • Make Silly Putty
  • Have a Backyard Movie
  • Make our own Putt Putt course
  • Make an igloo out of milk cartons
  • Have a “Christmas Week” in July
  • Make tents, forts and swings
  • Plant an Herb Garden
  • Tea Parties outside
  • Learn to make smoothies
  • Learn to make healthy snacks
  • Make homemade “passports” or scrapbooks of the summer
  • Go to some Aquarium Concerts

Phew!  Let’s see if we can include all of these activities in our summer plans for 2013.  I’ll give you weekly updates on the progress. :))

What are you doing for the summer?

Tips for Apple Store One-to-One

Love, love, love the Albuquerque Uptown Apple Store.  It’s a bit embarrassing that many of the employees there know me by name…but, you know where to find me if I have a bit of free time. I try to go at least once a week.  You can use their computers or bring in yours to learn anything you can think of from a Mac computer. These computers now run my business with the help of the Joint Venture membership…no waiting for the Genius Bar.  Just sayin’.

If you are new to Apple products, and you buy a new Mac, you should REALLY get the One-to-One membership.  You are only offered this option AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE.  If you think this is one of those “extra” gimmicks or a unnecessary insurance policy, its not the same thing. It’s so popular that Apple had to put limits on how it was sold.

Think of the Apple One-to-One classes as a university course in YOUR COMPUTER SKILLS.  If you could make your own computer class that taught you just what you wanted your computer to do for you….that’s this class.

You can come everyday, for 3-4 hours each day…for a year.  Heaven. For $99!  With computer geniuses.  What a deal!  Can you imagine going to your local community college for computer “tutoring” in an environment WITHOUT state of the art computers?? And how much would a 1 hour one-on-one tutoring computer class cost?

Trust me, please.  Buy the option, then make your appointment, and lastly…make a list of what you want to learn.  A long list, because they will cruise through each little check mark very quickly.  I have learned soooo much and am extremely satisfied with my computer knowledge…and it’s getting better every week…with lots of repeating from my trainers…

A few things I’ve learned how to make: 

  • photo books
  • photo cards
  • organized folders for 40,000 pictures
  • external hard-drive backups of those said pictures
  • Holiday photo cards (are you sensing the theme?)
  • spread sheets with photos
  • website design and a new website with lots of photos
  • on and on

You can learn anything a computer does.  If the trainer doesn’t know right away how to answer your question they will find out or they will find someone who can help.

Remember, when you come to your first one-to-one appointments:

  • For best parking, schedule on the hours the store is closed
  • get there early
  • bring your own computer with external memory (if you have it)
  • Don’t bring power cords or keyboard/mouse-they have that
  • pick subjects that you are working on right now
  • have a list ready of questions you can’t figure out
  • add to that list
  • have a goal to start/finish 1-2 projects
  • not all trainers will be a good fit for you
  • The key is finding a trainer(s) you like & learn from
  • reschedule no matter what
  • don’t give up after just 1 or 2 classes

Finding the trainer(s) that you learn best with takes a few times.  Try the Open Training, the Group Classes, etc.  Just like all human personalities, you will get along with most but not all.

For me, there were some whose voice was about all I could do not to faint or hurt someone.  And others who could not be wrong…and therefore could not have conversations, only bark directions.  And even others are wonderful, yet I just learn better from another trainer.  Out of the 25+, I’m clear about 20 of them that I learn from REALLY WELL. 

The Open Training is my favorite class when I have a big project to work on.  The class is longer, 90 minutes, with 1-6 trainer ratio.  The trainer checks in with you and listens to what project you are working on and how they might be of service.  Then, you just work on your project and have the trainer come over when you have questions.  This class is best when you are cruising on your own without needing the trainer sitting with you the entire time.  

This class has helped me finish Christmas photo cards, photo books, start-finish my new website, create new spread-sheets in numbers, etc.  

When you only have occasional questions yet would really like a helping hand to remember little tricks or shortcuts, the Open Training is a good fit.

Group Classes are best when you are learning something new, like how to set up email, iCloud, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto, etc.  A group class on one subject will go over specifics for each person in the class and will cover general info for the subject.  I’ve taken the beginning classes for Pages & Numbers several times.  There is lots of info and the info is different depending on the trainer and the questions from the people in the class.

I’ve learned the most “short cuts” from the group classes.  Then, when I’m in an open training or a one-to-one, the trainers will remind me.  Finally, some of those short cuts have stuck.

I joined Joint Venture last year and have been very happy with it.  I am preparing another blog post dedicated to what Joint Venture has provided for my company.  It’s a business version of One-to-One, costing $499/year.  It includes 3 classes created just for your needs that you construct with help from the Apple Business Team.  These classes can help your staff learn to use the Apple products, iMac, iPhone, iPad, etc to help you run your business smoothly.

For me, I was able to integrate the Apple products with a software that takes online appointments in real time from my website, then distribute that information to the correct therapist & client.  All the information is stored in iCloud and also on the scheduling software,  I was able to save money by having an iPhone to take credit card transactions at the office and double as the office phone.  This phone rings in two places: the office and on any given cell phone at the same time.  

My internet/phone costs were cut in half!!  Plus, the AirBook we use at the office is tucked away in a small drawer, used when we need it, out of sight when we don’t.  This may sound simple, but in fact took hours and hours of trial and error to find the path that was best for me.  I tried 4 different software packages for online scheduling and client tracking.  

I sat with the Apple Business Team and talked it out.  They were patient and AS passionate about finding a solution as I was.  I highly recommend this service.  

Remember, purchase the One-to-One with your Apple Product purchase.  Let me know your experiences!  I’d love to hear about them.

Skylanders 101


Right now, my son loves Skylanders figures that go with the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure game.  We have the Wii version, but it also comes in versions for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS.

These figures run $6.00-10.00 each and there are a total of 32 to collect.  This has been the focus of my son’s allowance savings, requests for his birthday, and all gift receiving possibilities…which he hopes is daily.  We now have 15 Skylanders.  The “starter pack” is $69.99 which comes with the “Portal of Power” and 3 Skylanders figures.  As you can tell, the $69.99 soon turns into mega profits for the Activision company by the additional purchase of each separate Skylanders figure.  Brilliant, really.

The game goes like this:  place your favorite Skylanders figure on the “Portal of Power” and it comes “alive” on the TV screen in the game.  They run out of energy if they don’t find food, and once they “run out of energy” they need to rest…sometimes for 24 hours or more.  Once a Skylander runs out of energy (or before) you can replace it with another figure who has more energy.  But, once you go through all of your figures and use their energy, you must wait until they recover, which takes more time than a 6 year old is ready for.  This forces the game to stop for some time. By the way, the batteries run out quickly on the “Portal of Power” if you leave it on over night.

Ok, once you are in the game, the object of the game is to save the world from a bad guy.  You are given tasks to do this in each level and have tiny battles along the way while collecting treasures and food.  It is simple enough for my son to do on his own and complicated enough for my 9 year old daughter to join in and have fun.  Though there are battles, there are no visual fighting.  Things disappear when they get “hit”, so the violence is minimal.

My 6 year old boy loves Skylanders.  He loves it so much, that I have been able to add additional reading time of his school reading books in exchange for a few minutes of playing Skylanders on the weekend.  We don’t allow electronics on weekdays, so this comes in handy to get his homework done.  On nights when he has scored well on his spelling or math tests at school, all his homework is done, extra reading and chores are done, and I need to be alone for a few minutes, he gets to choose from playing Skylanders or watching TV and he almost always chooses Skylanders.

My daughter is frustrated with this choice because the Wii game console is in the den, which houses the biggest TV in the house.  So, if she has earned some electronics time, she moans about Skylanders and chooses to play computer games instead.

Camp Stoney was Great Family Vacation

A Gem of a Summer Camp–reasonable price, great way to relax

My family spent the weekend relaxing and having fun at Camp Stoney in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just outside of Santa Fe.  A great way to take a break from massage and let my hands rest.

This is our first year at this family camp, and I attended Camp Stoney as a youngster and later was a counselor. The camp includes games, sports, hiking, swimming, arts & crafts and a ropes course. We had a great time.

We really relaxed in this quiet, tranquil environment. John and I were able to take several walks and hikes alone while the kids played with the other kids and counselors. John finished his current book and I napped for several hours each day in between activities.

The food was yummy and we really enjoyed making pillows and a “stepping stone” for our garden. My kids taught the other campers and counselors “Liars Dice” which is a great dice game. Swimming was a bit cold, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. The “Human Clue” game where we ran around the camp looking for the “Who Done It” clues was very fun. The scavenger hunt was also fun.

Jake fell off the bed a few times in the middle of the night. Next year, I’ll bring linens instead of just sleeping bags which would help our entire family sleep better. I also bring paper and some toys to help us during the “quiet times”.

We can’t wait to go every year.