After the 10K it was no denying that my hamstring just isn’t improving with my efforts at home and I would need to get some help with rehabilitation. So this week I headed to Sport’s Enhancement Center for an assessment. After going through many movements to pinpoint the source of my pain, I was told my piriformis and hamstring would need addressing with Graston’s Technique Therapy and some specific stretches.
The worst part was hearing that I couldn’t run. They want me to stop running to let the area rest fully and then gradually introduce running back once I’ve received some of the treatments. Other than wishing I had done this weeks ago, my other thoughts were trying to bargain with the doctor to see what other type of exercises I could do in the meantime.
“Would rather you didn’t, you could over stretch the area we are treating.”
“Okay, how about jump rope, small hops, nothing crazy.”
“No, too much on your glutes, none of that.”
Friday I had my first meeting with the physical therapist Annie, who was super nice. She did an examination to determine my range of motion and then we began an initial Graston’s session to see how my body responds. Graston’s is shown in the following youtube video.
After warming up the area with the long bent rod type tool she then tried a couple of the instruments to determine which hit the injured area the best. The sessions was 8 minutes and is not a comfortable procedure. However, it was kind of that good type of pain, where you know the area is getting worked out properly. She sent me to work with a bag of ice for the area and some stretches that I will need to do at home twice a day.
My next session is Tuesday and I can’t wait!
Emily @ sweatonceaday has the best injury goals post ever! She is so inspiring and her post makes me look at my recovery with a new perspective.
I’m trying to use my rest time effectively by doing the following:
Throw Rob a happy hour party for his promotion at work to IT Architect. We had everyone out at a local bar. I wanted to make sure that it was casual, but special. So we had two kinds of amazing cupcakes from a local baker (peanut butter and pumpkin spice), grilled club sandwiches, potato cheese jalapeno bites, fried mushrooms, buckets of bottled domestic beer and two signature drinks. One called “California Rob” that was a hurricane style and the “Architect” that was a margaritas.
JuLee and me.
Lots of house chores. I have a slew of chores waiting for me, so I’ve kept busy doing all the odds and ends I haven’t had time for….cleaning light fixtures, staining deck chairs, and organizing rooms. At least I can work on getting the house ready for the holidays.
Strengthening workouts like P90X Ab Ripper, upper body weights, push up challenge. And some walking, just a couple of miles at a time on the treadmill.
Here’s hoping that I will be back running in a couple of weeks.