A Quick Update!

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!

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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? 



  1. October 16, 2015 / 11:36 am

    When I went in to my PT I asked for ART, but I’m not sure that is what he did or not. However, the work he did was good enough to get me running again. I ended up going once a week for several months and I think it worked. Still, for my glute issues I think it’s a matter of just keeping at the strength exercises, which I don’t so I only have myself to blame for that!!

  2. October 16, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    I became a big fan of ART a few years ago. I used to go this amazing ART Chiropractor and Massage Therapist who both did ART. I wasn’t injured but found it kept me ‘tuned up’ and injury free. I haven’t been able to find a new provider since moving. I need to get on that…thanks for the reminder! It is definitely a different approach from ‘traditional PT, Chiro, or Massge’ So I recommend giving it multiple treatments to see if it works. The ART website lists providers by their specialty too…lower body, upper body, etc. Good Luck!

  3. Wendy
    October 16, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    I’m a runner who had serious SI joint pain for a few months before finally having ART. The pain was so bad I could hardly walk some days, let alone run or even sleep. It was really bad. ART really, truly helped me and I am finally back to almost normal- just slight twinges in the SI joint ever so often, mostly after sleeping or sitting on a plane for too long. I had ART once or twice a week for about 6 months. It was expensive but completely worth it!

  4. October 16, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I’ve had ART a couple of times this past winter for my cranky glute. I had a series of PT exercises to do and I was diligent to get them done because a pain in the butt is no fun.

  5. October 16, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Woooohoooo! I hope your run went well, and even if it didn’t it sounds like the ART gave you some relief so if the run doesn’t work out tonight, hopefully in a couple days it will!

    I have had A LOT of ART! I have had it on my knee, my glutes/hip, my calves, and my feet for plantar fasciitis. I have gone A LOT over the years. It hurts but I know you are like me and can suck it up easily if it means you can RUN sooner.

  6. October 17, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    I’m glad you got some relief! I’ve never done ART before, but I am definitely curious about it.

  7. October 19, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I’ve heard of ART, but I’m like you…skeptical about everything! Haha. Hope you got some relief, and fingers crossed that this could be your answer!!!