What My Physical Therapist Said

Hi there! Sorry I went MIA from the blog for a couple days last week. My schedule at work has been hectic as we make final preparations for a big conference a client is hosting next week.

On Friday I was able to work from home because I had my physical therapy appointment at noon. It was the only time they could fit me in last week! I forgot to snap a pic while I was there since I was basically responding to emails off my phone right up until the moment I was taken back.

This is the PT place I go to though. You can call them and verify I went since there is no picture proof haha!

My PT went through the normal round of lower body check-ups to make sure nothing besides my calves were out of wack.

She said my hips are tight, which amazes me because I stretch the life out of them everyday using the stretches I was given last time. Other than that everything looks good and she says I am very flexible (so shoutout to the Jasyoga videos)!

My PT did a deep tissue massage and used a scraping tool to work on my calves. She described them as feeling “crunchy for lack of a better word.” I believe it because I could feel the knots as she was working on them and it brought serious tears to my eyes!

She said that there is definite scar tissue build up inside the calves and that massage should be able to sort that out. She doesn’t think I have compartment syndrome but is glad that I’m going to a orthopedic doctor for a checkup just in case (my appointment is this Thursday).

I’m going back for a deep tissue massage 2X per week for probably 3-4 weeks or until the scar tissue is worked out completely. At that point I should be back to running pain-free, pending that the doctor doesn’t find anything wrong when I go see him this week.

I showed my PT the calf stretches I’m doing and she basically said they are the right ones and to keep doing them. The only difference is now instead of doing regular calf raises off the ground I’ll be doing them off the stairs so that I can drop them down and get an additional stretch that way.

After the massage my calves did feel really loose; better than they have in a while so I am very hopeful that this is all I’ll need to get back to training. The day after the calf massage my calves were SO SORE. They felt like I had taken several punches, but I guess that is a good thing? The therapist definitely dug down in there during the massage!

I was feeling so optimistic after my PT session that I decided to get in a good leg workout. Since I didn’t run at all last week I was able to get in 3X strength training workouts and my legs and glutes are definitely feeling it.

I’m terrible at lunges because I have poor balance but I’ve been doing them a lot lately because I can definitely feel them working my glutes.

This is the workout I did on Friday:

A post shared by CarlyRowena (@carlyrowena) on

It includes:

-24 front lunges w/hands on shoulders (total)
-24 front lunges w/arms down (total)
-15 squat to upright row
-12 single leg deadlifts (each leg)
-15 goblet squats

Carly suggests beginners do 2 sets, intermediate do 4 sets and hardcore do 6 sets. I did 3 sets because my legs were already pretty tired at the start from a previous workout.

I don’t have kettlebells so I just use dumbbells for the front lunges with hands on shoulder. It’s probably easier to hold kettlebells but it’s not hard to hold the dumbbells either.

Even if I don’t have muscle imbalances like I originally suspected I still really want to get back into lifting heavier. Seeing my friend Cori crush her lifting and running goals at the same time is really inspiring me to get back to it.

After my leg workout on Friday I showered and spent the rest of the night on the couch planning out some fun local things Adam and I can do this summer.

It’s hard to believe but we’re already in June. I am looking forward to doing some fun local stuff this year. Like getting a hotel room with a balcony that overlooks the beach for 4th of July.

We walk down to the beach to watch the fireworks show over the ocean every year but it’s always super hot/muggy out and there are big crowds. It will be so cool to just chill out on our balcony this year!

Now I’m getting off track though, so I better run.

Have a great Monday!

Do you go for massages at the PT regularly?
Any big plans for this summer? 

Header image credit: soflopt.com 



  1. June 5, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Glad you got some answers and it sounds like the massage should help a lot!

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:30 am

      It seems like it. I’m looking forward to going back today!

  2. Susan
    June 5, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Oh, getting a hotel at the beach would be so wonderful! What a great idea. I really hope the massage is all that you need! Keep us posted on how you did with your run today — fingers crossed, my friend.

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:33 am

      Thanks Susan! Run was delayed another day. After reading up on scar tissue I realized it may be best to wait until after a few more massage sessions – but maybe not. I can’t believe I forgot to ask on Friday. I’ll definitely be asking today! Truthfully though, it was easy to skip yesterday as a thunderstorm started that lasted all night/morning long. I wouldn’t have been able to get more than a mile in before the lightning started.

  3. June 5, 2017 / 9:13 am

    This seems like good news, though I am sorry you have crunchy calves. I hope the massage is able to break up the scar tissue and get your running pain free soon!

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:34 am

      Thanks Heather! This does feel like really good news. I also woke up yesterday with my calves no longer feeling sore. In fact they felt better than they have in a long time… although that could just be because I haven’t run in over a week now!

  4. June 5, 2017 / 9:36 am

    LOL crunchy.

    Well, this seems like really good news, so I hope your massages work their magic and you’re back to your old self in no time. Now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day: “scar tissue that I wish you saaaaawww…”

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:35 am

      Omg, I had no idea he said “scar tissue that I wish you saw” I always thought it was “*mumble mumble* that I wish you saw” now I can’t get this song out of my head either!

  5. June 5, 2017 / 10:12 am

    When you go back to your PT I am sure she will tell you if it is normal to be so sore after your message. I am normally sore after a doctor or therapist messes with something and then it calms down. 🙂 Getting a hotel overlooking the beach for fireworks sounds so fun! We are also looking forward to doing local things this summer. There are a lot of free concerts in various parks and of course we want to hike at some state parks.

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:36 am

      YES yesterday my calves were no longer sore and they felt better than they have in a loooong time. I am really excited to go back today and get another session. I really feel like this is working and I feel dumb for not having gone sooner!

  6. June 5, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I hope the massage helps with the soreness! What was the scaring from ?

    I’m annoyed that I will have to miss the fireworks. My office is open the day after 4th of July, and I’m to be here at 7:30 am! fireworks start at 9:30, and traffic back is a nightmare.

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:40 am

      From what I’ve read, it’s just from normal wear and tear on the calves from repeated heavy usage due to running. I stretch my calves a lot but I never foam roll them so I guess the scar tissue has just been building up all these years!

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. I wonder why the fireworks start so late. I have to work the day after a well and def wouldn’t want to be out that late either!

  7. June 5, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Sounds like this is heading in a good direction! I went to a sports massage person last year that pushed on my muscles a certain way and my pain was gone! It was crazy stuff! There was a lot of trial and error involved, but amazing when it finally worked. Good luck!!

    • Kristina
      June 6, 2017 / 5:41 am

      I am hopeful that’s what is happening to me! After the soreness finally left yesterday my calves felt better than they have in a long time!