*Necessity is the mother of invention

*Competition should be with yourself

*It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up

*The great teams find a way to win

*If it is important to you- you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.  BAM!



The expressions mentioned above are ones which I have embraced since childhood, with my lofty goals and dreams.  Still working on them, and my life is a work in progress.  The journey matters, and my current trek has a foothold on training for “Bike The West,” in June.  This training is multifaceted with mental, nutritional and physical disciplines, which I am fervently implementing.  This also means that when I feel discouraged or I experience discomfort, I seek relief, not an out, just temporary relief.  I want to get better, I want to find a way and there always is a way: enter PT.

Getting ready for “Bike The West,” has me now taking a turn on the road with amped up workouts, and my body feeling the work.  Instead of sitting on pain,  I have opted to get treated with physical therapy.  Treatment helps release tight muscles and loosen up the body parts in stiffness. Physical Therapy can make all the difference for the next workout so I LOVE IT!

Lately, my stiffness has found its home in my shoulder (rotator cuff tendinitis and frozen shoulder) & neck pain.  Abbey & Courtney over at Achieve  have provided me so much relief that I’m 80 percent back with mobility and comfort. Ive had about 6 sessions, and they were beneficial with getting me back to stronger workouts.  Today, I went in with neck pain overriding the shoulder pain because of how I position on the bike during cycling.  The gals asked me if I would be interested in needling?  Whoa, what’s that?


Needling is actually Trigger Point Dry Needling.  It’s used to release tight spots in a muscle or knot in a muscle.  The needle is flimsy, with no syringe.  The needle’s purpose is merely to get in the muscle not to inject fluid.  I asked Abbey to tell me why she likes Trigger Point Dry Needling, and here is her response: “I like needling because it’s instant release for the muscle in question- with needling one instantly feels more motion in muscles and the muscles that surround joints.”  Sold- let’s needle, and we did, and I’m glad!  My muscle was like a boulder that could not be budged.  It took three attempts for the needle to find the spot.  Here is the procedure: Abbey/my PT touches muscle soft tissue to target area of tightness, then needle goes right to the tight/painful area.  (By the way, Abbey has been medically trained to conduct this procedure)


The sensation of the needle entering your body is not painful, it’s a momentary tingling sensation.  The relief/result is worth the entry of the skinny needle.

Since I wast Achieve, I took full advantage of all healing opportunities, which included warm towel around my neck-pictured here and the final hurray : a topical cortisone patch that I will wear for 4 hours! I should be ready for the weekend- watch out people!

TGIF- and thanks Abbey & Courtney!

Much appreciation for stopping by to learn something new in the world of Physical Therapy and healing.  Have yourself a great weekend, and remember, as the legendary Sports Announcer Howard Cosell once said…

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.”


Carpe Kefi!

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]