Last week I saw the Chiropractor that was at the Augusta 70.3 who does Active Release. My hope is to find some relief for my excessively tight hips. My hips have caused me issues for a long time. I have almost zero ability to rotate my legs internally at the hips. This causes all sorts of issues, especially for the knees.
The first part of the appointment was a thorough examination. Beyond my hip problems, I also have really tight calves. While he didnt come out and say it, I think I was probably one of his worst cases. He told me he thought he could fix me up before B2B in about 6-8 visits. In order to help loosen my hips up some, he had me lay on my side under this thing that creates heat in the muscle. What was interesting was that it got my legs really hot, but it wanst hot to the touch. After that, he took me into the treatment room and along with his assistant, stretched the heck out of me. At times it really hurt, but I could tell it was definitely helping. Once he was done, he repeated some of the initial tests and there was definite improvement. Unfortunately, when I checked out, I found out while my insurance covers chiropractic, it does not cover ART. DOH! At 90$ a visit, there was no way I could continue.
Instead of getting down about it, I decided I was going to figure out how to fix this myself. I have my trigger point kit, foam roller, and the stick. Working at a hospital gives me access to a load of electronic databases of medical journal's. I have been spending my lunch hours doing lots of research on stretching and trigger points and tightness in specific muscle groups. I have discovered I was using my trigger point kit slightly incorrectly and have adjusted my technique accordingly.
My #1 suspect is the piriformis. I actually found a video done by Texafornia (Brett) of the Zen and The Art of Triathlon podcast that shows a technique that he says has helped him with piriformis. I am going to begin doing this as well as specific exercises to strengthen my internal rotators while loosening up my external rotators.
I think I am finally beginning to understand the causes of all my trouble. Now I just need to put the techniques into practice that will help me fix my problems. I have already seen some improvement, and I hope to be fixed up by B2B