Ryder’s favorite (and dare I say, most successful)Â form of therapy is working out with Ric, our personal trainer and co-owner of Full Force Personal Training. Â A typical training session includes about 20 minutes of “work” and 10 minutes of “play.” Â Work time often looks like this:…or this:And play time usually looks like this:We have seen significant gains in strength and muscle tone since he starting training at FFPT. Â (Remember that “significant” is relative in terms of Ryder’s improvement, but we’re still moving in the right direction.) Â And today we started another new form of therapy that looks like this:Isaac is one of Ric’s BFF’s (Do guys even use that term?) as well as a massage therapist. Â He agreed to take a look at Ryder and see if he could help in some way. Â Right away, he noticed how tight Ryder’s trapezius and pectoralis minor muscles were. Â He uses his traps to compensate for the loss of strength in his deltoids. Â In other words, when you see him shrug his shoulder and kinda fling his arm forward to reach for something, the trapezius is the muscleÂ doing most of the work. Â AndÂ the tightness in his pectoralis minor is one of the reasons his shoulder is pulled so far forward since his deltoids are too weak to pull up and back . Â It was encouraging to hear that Isaac suspects we mayÂ see some improved mobility if we can get Ryder’sÂ muscles loosened up. Â He also applied some KT tape (something that Ryder won’t let Ryan or I do) to encourage his shoulder back into the correct position.
Although I know having your tight muscles kneaded isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, our little warrior put on his signature brave face. Â Afterwards, while we were walking the dog in our neighborhood, Ryder said, “Mom, I don’t get why people like massages so much! Â But I know it’s important to do it because it might help my arm start working again… and it wasn’t too bad.”
As usual, just when I begin to feel like we’re running out of ideas or losing momentum, God places someone in our path who offers a freshÂ perspective. Â I’m not sure how often massage will be integrated into the program going forward, but I’m grateful for another knowledgeable, compassionateÂ member of #TeamRyder.