Because of the aforementioned experiences I have decided to take a more active approach to treating injuries and recovery. First of all I plan to do much more stretching, and plan to go to Yoga at least once a week. I took a beginning Yoga class at San Jose State, but haven't really practiced since then. Starting next week (my chiropractor told me no activity that uses my hip, including stretching, for a week) I am going to go to Yoga at the Willow Glen Yoga every Sunday. I plan to post my progress as well as any Yoga information on this blog.
The other aspect to my new recovery and injury prevention is to continue to visit the S.C.O.R.E. clinic at least once a month to do some regular maitenance on my body. The S.C.O.R.E. clinic offers the following suvices:
- Graston Technique
- Active Release Techniques (ART)
- deep tissue massage
- physical therapy.
Dr. Brink said the best treatment would probably be a combination of ART and a chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Brink hooked me up to a machine that I think was called the activator. Basically it is 2 pads that he put on my lower and upper hip that alternated electric shocks which stimulated my muscles. I was on the activator for about 5 minutes and I felt that my hip was noticeably looser afterwards.
The next treatment was the ART, which is a combination of deep tissue massage, combined with specific movements, and a primary focus on the injured areas. This was very painful, as Dr. Brink had me lay on my side and slowly mimic a running motion with stretching my leg out (kind of like a lunge motion) and then bring it back. While I was doing this motion Dr. Brink was digging his elbow into my hip. I was sweating, breathing hard, but I could tell that the hip was getting the needed treatment.
After the ART I got a spinal and hip alignment, after all the treatment I could feel that my hip was no longer a tight ball of muscle which it had felt like before. The muscles felt looser, and although I still had pain, it was more of a soreness like after lifting weights than the pain I had been having. The only bummer of the visit was Dr. Brink told me no running, biking, or stretching for a week
My next visit is next Tuesday, and I am sure that I can expect more pain!! But the hip is feeling the best it has felt in a long time, and it will probably feel even better after next weeks visit. I ditched all my plans to run this weekend, and hopefully after only a week off I will be back like a new runner! I have to be fully recovered for Adam's Lost Tunnels Run on November 1st:)