Hey there! I am running behind on time today, but I just wanted to pop in and give you a quick update.
I went to see my PT yesterday and the main thing he did was ART (active release therapy) on my piriformis, hip flexors and glutes. It was an uncomfortable experience to say the least. In the first 5 seconds I would say it hurt, mostly because I wasn’t prepared for what to expect. After that the feeling was definitely uncomfortable and I winced a lot, but I didn’t think I was going to black out from the pain or anything.
I left feeling like I got worked over, but also a lot better than when I first walked through the doors.
I wasn’t yet sure how much the ART worked (I’m skeptical about EVERYTHING), but around 3pm I was sitting at my desk and it occurred to me that my lower back and ass weren’t pulsing with acute pain. Hallelujah!
As the day and night went on I started feeling a small pain in my ass again, but nothing like I was feeling over the last few days.
My PT did say that I could try running again as soon as I want, but to keep it easy and short (30 mins or shorter) until I see him again. He says the relief I’m feeling is temporary and that I need to come back and see him again on Tuesday. I planned to go running after work yesterday but I got stuck in traffic because of an accident and didn’t get home until after 8pm!
Today I will go running at the beach after work!
I can’t think of a better way to kick off my weekend. Please keep your fingers crossed that my calves are a lot looser during/after the run and that I don’t experience any numbness. That’s the one signal that I have to stop running.
Right now my calves are actually feeling normal, but they were also feeling normal in the last couple of days before the Chicago Marathon and then as soon as I started running they tightened right up.
I hope the ART loosened me up enough that my calves are no longer an issue…. to be continued.
Have you ever had ART? How many sessions did you have to go for?