22 thoughts on “Running out

    • A little of both. I actually had my first issue 10 years ago. I got better and had no real problems until I was marathon training about 3 months ago and tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and jammed my hip when I fell. My Chiropractor helped me through the marathon, but now my benefits have dried up for this year. About a week or two ago things went down hill for some reason and I just can’t seem to get past it. All I’m doing is heat and stretching. Thanks for asking. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

      • Without a CPT to help you, I can’t give a PT’s advice but I can tell you some anecdotal feedback. Alternating icing and warming can help, and I’d encourage some online research on that. Look into acupuncture approaches too. Also, if you have any idea of the muscles involved, you could research what supporting or complementary muscles to condition all around if there is a muscle strength imbalance involved that leads to tightening — tightening leads to running funny etc. etc. And finally, breathing more fully / mindfully more often, and boosting fluid circulation through your system can help alter the internal support and supply elements for healing. Eating lots and lots of fruits and veggies with high moisture content and sipping water through your day will give you a better hydration tempo to buoy healing in your connective tissues, blood volume, waste carriage and other cellular level stuff. Consult your doctor for any reflection on these ideas in your personal situation.

        Finally, very slowly, when I feel a catch, hot spot, tight muscle, or something isn’t tracking right in the leg, knee, hip, or elsewhere, I sometimes set aside some time to thoroughly warm up the area without doing the motion that makes it hurt acutely / directly; then I will move the muscle complex around, and stretch and exercise experimentally to see what, if anything provides any positive change or relief in the affected zone. If I feel a barrier that feels like it is not ready to be challenged in terms of range of motion, I’ll stop there, and seek to warm up muscles and connective tissues around it, and slowly try to massage away the catch. Finally, be sure your electrolytes are balanced and research that as to muscle / body function! I’m not saying to do all this in lieu of medical care or professional appointments … no way, still go through with those to find what works best.

  1. Hi Tom, I’ve had an SI problem before, and my physio recommended that I massage the area with a tennis ball – lean against the wall, with the tennis ball between your SI joint and the wall. By moving around you will massage the area and gently ‘rock’ the SI joint around and reduce tension.
    Here’s a link I found which has some good info and some videos:
    Video 3 has a bunch of tennis ball massage moves that you can try, but videos 1 and 2 have other good stretches to deal with overall tightness in the hip.
    I hope it clears up soon, but I agree with everyone else. REST! (and exercises).

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