A recent injury to the soft tissue in my right leg has led me down a path I knew nothing about before and I’m doing strange new treatment and exercises to help heal the problem.
I mentioned a few days ago about my Chriopractor who is also a practitioner of ART (Active Release Technique). Basically that means she presses on what might be described as acupressure points and then releases them in order to break down scar tissue and free movement to its normal state.
Just so you know this is not a particularly fun technique for the patient. It hurts like crazy for the few seconds she is pressing on the points. I joked with her about how surprised I was to find someone who appears so kind and sweet could happily cause another human so much pain. The good news is it works.
She combines this treatment with some homework in the form of exercises. The women who read this may instantly think “kegel” exercises. The principle is very much the same as that exercise all of us who have birthed children know is to strengthen the pelvic floor. A version of it is also used to help heal plantar fasciitis.
The particular group of exercises I’m doing are called PNF stretches. . I’m to do them five times a day and drink lots of water. This one you can practice at home yourself and it will strengthen those muscles which help you to stand and sit: “Glute Max a) Seated with knees and feet about hip width apart, squeeze/contract one buttock and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat on each side, back and forth, five times.”
Did you try it? I’ll spare you the other two and point out that you should likely do this sort of exercise under the direction of a professional.
It is working though it’s a slow process. I’m hoping that two days off from driving bus (the cause of the damage) will give me a chance to heal a little better. By today the pain was starting to win again.
My big challenge of course is remembering to do these things five times a day.