After my last physical therapy experience was pretty horrible: not feeling like I was making any progress, worrying that their diagnosis didn’t quite make sense, me paying hundreds of dollars for them to just watch me stretch – I happily turned into a physical therapy dropout. However, when my pain returned with a vengeance a few weeks ago I admitted I needed to do something about it and that meant finding someone who could help, someone who was a better fit for me.
After checking people out online so much that I felt like I was online dating chiropractors, physical therapists, sports med guys, etc. I finally found one I thought was perfect for me. A chiropractor with lots of experience in Active Release Therapy who specialized in not only diagnosing pain in endurance athletes, but also finding the root/cause of the pain to get them up and running again. (Music to my ears.) I noticed he’d even been an Ironman course doc a few times which got me excited as I wanted someone who understood this crazy, I run 26.2 miles for fun, lifestyle. I began emailing him, or actually his secretary, back and forth (seriously like online dating) and we decided that he sounded like the perfect doc for me so we set up our first date/appointment.
Would he make the cut?
Would he be able to answer my massive list of questions?
Would I want to see him again?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Bring on date number two!
I finally have a diagnosis that makes sense. Glute activation issues causing additional stress on the hamstring muscles (the pain) due to hip flexor problems (the cause). Everything he told me – every symptom, problem, observation – fit exactly with what I had been feeling. What a relief to finally have an idea of what is going on.
P.S.- I wish he wasn’t in such good shape – it is really hard to suck in your gut when your cutie chiropractor is wrist deep in your butt bending your leg in directions it doesn’t usually move. (Thank heavens he’s shorter than me or it’d be real distracting.)
Watch my vlog:
hear what he said, why I feel I now have the right diagnosis, and how it will affect my running.
While this problem won’t be solved in time for The Country Music Marathon (in a little over two weeks), and while I cannot take it easy right now like he wants, I am so happy to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully Nashville will go well, I can spend May & June focusing on the work he suggests I do to get healthy, and then in July I can start Marine Corp Marathon training with a bang and make MCM even better than Nashville (I’m all about improving).