so i hit a milestone with followers (wow ily guys this is the coolest) and i wanted to say thank you so very much. i was going to do this a few days ago, but with all the fandom stuff going on i figured i should wait. now is as good a time as any, because i think we all need some cheering up! ergo my second follow forever! this one is smaller than my first, but all the blogs i follow are amazing and you should check them out here! you guys are all super special to me even though you may not know it. if i forgot you, i’m so sorry i haven’t slept since mama era ok forgive me. bold = blogs i’m crushin on right now. italics = hover for a lil message ♡♡♡
Hey guys, its Tina! I reached 30K followers today and it also happened to be my birthday too! Thank you all so much for following this blog and supporting monsta x, aswell 😭 monsta x have grown so much during the time that I’ve had this blog and they’ve gotten so much love too 💞 thanks for sending cute little messages, they are so sweet and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them. Please come talk to me on twitter @wonho__! :) Here are some amazing blogs that regularly update with mx; please check them out! ❤️
Since monsta x’s comeback is near, I also hope that we can all (if you can) do our best to prepare for streaming their music [MelOn], buying physical albums, viewing their music video on youtube and prevoting for music shows. Hopefully by working together, we are able to give our boys their 1st win on music show that they have been aiming for. From most important to least important: 1. Digital Sales 2. Physical Sales 3. Music Video Streaming 4. Pre-Voting STREAM ON MELON - Digital sales are very important and count for at least 50% of points across all music shows. Please, if possible, consider buying a melon pass to stream hourly during their comeback. MONBEB has shared links on how to buy a MelOn pass (~45-70%) PHYSICAL ALBUMS - Buying albums that count towards both the Hanteo and GAON charts (~10-15%) MUSIC VIDEO STREAMING - Counts as SNS points, please stream on STARSHIPTV’s official youtube (all music shows use this video count). Refer to MONUNION’s guide for an easier way to stream using the Auto Refresh extension. (~10%) PREVOTING - Voting for them online on their respective music shows (~5%) Please understand that streaming is very important! Charting on MelOn and similar korean music charts have a significant influence on points given for music shows. It’s unfortunately an area that monsta x suffers the most, so please do support if possible. [ALL GUIDES FROM MONUNION]
hello~ first of all, please ignore the edit, i’m still new at this OTL anyways, so I hit the follower goal I had set for myself which happens to be on my birthday (april 6th) so this was a really important present for me ^^ when I first started tumblr and this blog almost 6 months ago. I’d like to thank everyone who has been with me these past 6 months and thank you for making my tumblr experience fun! Below are some of my favorite blogs!
What I want for Christmas is a full night’s sleep without back pain; waking up in the morning without excruciating back spasms. I want my back to be how it was prior to July. I want to get up at 6.00am and feel like riding my bike, instead of shuffling stooped downstairs and leaning against the wall with a ball pressed into my back while the kettle boils, the hotpack heats up, and all my motivation evaporates into a cloud of depression.
Reblog: "It's tight" - what it means and what can be done?
Have you ever worked out with someone - or said this yourself perhaps - “ya my hamstrings are tight” or my ITB is tight or my achilles is tight or god knows what but it’s tight? Then a whole lot of warm up or stretching or foam rolling ensues? And for awhile the “it’s tight” lets go a bit, but only to return before the next workout? Recognize any of this? Ok so what’s that about? What does it mean when we say something is tight?
As has often been said before here at b2d, we’re complex systems, so there isn’t a single all powerful answer to this question of “what’s tightness anyway” - but there may be an approach shot. So let’s try to unpack the tightness concept a wee bit.
Tightness - this is usually experienced as a muscle that feels tight to touch. Intriguingly, we generally experience tightness not in the muscle per se, but around how that muscle acts on/crosses a joint: we note that our range of motion is compromised: the lunge is not getting deep, the heels are up for a squat, we can’t touch our toes or fully flex our shoulder with a locked elbow. Whatever “it’s tight”
Muscle tightness is not a bad thing. That contraction of muscle fibers lets us lift stuff up or put stuff down. And that’s what that’s called: contraction. Voluntarily shortening the muscle fibers.
Involuntary Contractions: There are two types of involuntary contractions that we don’t generally enjoy. One is a spasm or cramp (what we’ve discussed over here about muscle cramps when running, and how that’s not about electrolyte balance but strength). The other type is contracture - that’s the involuntary contraction of a muscle too.
pvc laced foam roller: not quite as sensitive as human touch?
EMG. The technical difference between spasm and contracture is electrical activity in the muscle. In spasms, its elevated. And it’s more intense. You’ve heard perhaps about electrical impulses - shock - stimulating intense muscle contraction such that it can break a limb? In contracture, there isn’t this continual EMG elevation across the muscle - but there can be a bit of increased EMG at what are often refered to as trigger points. To be brief a contracture may occur at one spot (or several) in a muscle, where that part of the muscle just can’t seem to un-contract.
Contracture - So contracture - the involuntary contraction of some fibers (not all) within a muscle is pretty much what we talk about as “tight” - perceived tightness in a muscle; restriction in range of motion across a joint.
Knotty Problem? The approach to this sensitive bundle of neurons that is contracting and holding a whole lot of a little section of muscle fiber is often to apply a roll of hard foam rubber. Why? supposedly to force the knot to cry uncle and “let go.”
Hitting one into unconsciousness with a stick; foam rolling: do you see a difference?
Now i suppose if i was tense and freaked and someone hit me with a brick bat, i’d suddenly relax too, but, i gotta aks, is that approach optimal? I mean is that the best way to help a person to relax? Or is it just radically dealing with the symptoms rather than any part of a cause?
So why the contracture? Maybe if we get at some of that, we’ll have some other options to help reduce or release the contracture.
Direction of Contracture: Protect the Squishy Bits The interesting effect of contraction here is that it seems most of the time to reduce our range of motion which reduces our perfromance, which actually reduces our risk. If we can’t bend as deeply, we can’t pick something up as heavy as otherwise. If we can’t flex our ankles well, it’s hard to go as fast to drive the sprint; if we can’t lift our sturnum, and extend our thoracic spine, it’s harder to press a big weight over head. More contracture means less wieght, less load, less speed, less risk to us.
Startle reflex in action. And perhaps beer, too.
Startle. This kind of performance reducing contracture is pretty similar to a reflexive response known as startle (see above). In adults, when we see/hear something that is sudden and perceived as a threat, we involuntarily move to protect our squishy bits. Threat response.
If we understand contracture as a threat response - a bit more lasting than typical startle - that suggests that there may be SOMETHING happening in our environment that our nervous system (the nerves control the muscles) perceives as Not Right with the World.
So perhaps the knott or tightness or reduced range of motion is only a symptom, so attacking the symptom is like throwing oil into the engine all the time rather than finding and fixing the leak. Both solutions work, but one is less optimal and more costly than the other.
Finding the Leak
The tricky part about a threat response - a muscle contraction to keep us under performing in the presence of threat for our own protection - is that it may not be a muscular issue. It may not be that we haven’t stretched enough, aren’t warmed up enough. It may be that we have the wrong glasses, or are not getting enough sleep, or have a balance issue. It may be that our feet - which have a whopping 24% of the joints in our bodies - are not moving very well so out bod feels less stable than it ought.
Movement. So finding the oil leak, finding what may be causing the contracture, may be a rich process of analysis and assessment, something that a movement specialist can help to check visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems. In the meantime, what can help usually and immediately is a bit of movement.
Ah, you say, but with contracture one’s movement is restricted, yes? Yes, exactly. But, one can pick a joint and focus very deliberately on making quality movements at that joint: the ankle, a finger, the neck, a knee. Go ahead, give it a go. If you feel you have something that’s “tight” try moving a not tight joint through range of motion that is as perfect and lovely as possible, and then try the movement again. Any difference?
Why does a movement work? The nervous system is about the whole body, not about a joint. It seems that feeling quality movement anywhere helps soothe the threat response for the whole system. Safer system means less need for contracture to protect system. We’ve seen this before in the example of the arthrokinetic reflex. Something that effects one part of the system is experienced on some level in the rest of the system; something that improves performance at one part of the system helps the rest of the system. Isn’t that wild?
And yet it makes sense: everything is just signals turning on and off in the brain. Everything looks the same in the brain, so something that makes part of the body happy, it tells the brain and may just feed back to tell the rest of the body we’re doing fine-r? Why not?
Alternative to the foam roller? Towards cause and away from Symptom. So that foam roller may seem like a fast (and cheap) solution to a problem, but is it a last(ing) solution? Why not give our brains a chance to work with the rest of us? a great way to do that is with movement to get to nerves to get to the brain to get back to the body.
i’ve been meaning to do a follow forever for a long time now and well here were are! thank you to everyone, my followers and the bloggers that i follow. you are all amazing, beautiful people and you all have made my tumblr experience absolutely fantastic ever since i first started out last may! i know i don’t talk much because i’m a shy poop and most of you probably don’t know i exist but i just want to take this opportunity to say that i love all of your flawless blogs!
i follow a lot of people and so if i’ve missed you please let me know and i’ll add you real quick haha. i also have a blogroll, please check it out here for more amazing blogs! again, thank you so much everyone and i hope you all have a wonderful day! ^▽^
(background inspiration from the great apotheosi!!) Hello everyone!! Before I leave for my unfortunately long hiatus, I thought that a second follow forever was due, so here it is!
Thank you for staying, thank you for always making me happy and making my days brighter, thank you for making my dash beautiful and my tumblr experience a whole lot more fun, thank you for existing and thank you for being you! Thank you for everything, really ^U^
Bold : Mutuals Italics : Cute friends!! I hope the feeling is mutual!!
Hey guys! I recently reached my followers goal on tumblr yay! So I guess it’s finally time for me to do a follow forever. When I started out, I never thought that I would actually have this much followers tbh. I am thankful to all of you who have put up with me for almost a year that I’ve been here. I’m not good with words and I don’t know what to say, but please know that I love all of you and your beautiful blogs! ♥
bolded - mutuals; italics - friends (if we talk more than once then I consider us friends) \^o^/
Hey guys! Back with my second follow forever since I recently hit another milestone in followers! (/).(\) I can’t thank you guys enough for the experience I’ve had here on tumblr. I’ve met so many amazing people since my last follow forever so I had to make another one! A lot of the people from my last one are listed here too. I can’t forget to thank you everyone that follows me! You guys are so awesome;u; And thank you so much to my friend Kate (xingmealullaby) for making the edit for me!
If you were on my last follow forever and not on here, don’t worry^^ I just wanted to make sure this list didn’t get too long when I added more people! I hope you understand;; If I missed anything please don’t hesitate to let me know!:) Everyone I follow is amazing and you should check them out on my blogroll here!