Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about visiting the chiropractor. I wasn't sure exactly what would happen - I've heard so many stories about people going once and getting roped into going again and again.
Friday afternoon the doc did the Graston technique on my leg. It is still bruised, and I thought "If this is all he's going to do, I'm not going to keep going." Last night I went again - and had a wonderful experience! He worked with me for over an hour - figuring out exactly where my leg hurt, taking foot scans, doing movement exercises, balance exercises... by the end of the night, we determined that my arches have fallen a bit. Not flat feet, but definitely enough to warrant looking at orthotics (old lady alert!).
He also determined that my hamstrings and inner thigh muscles need to get stronger - I hyper-extend my knees. That's where the downhill running pain comes in.
Everything he said made perfect sense! My gym routine needs to include the elliptical, and not so much the treadmill. I can run short distances outside, preferably on the track where it is flat. And, most exciting, my Penguin-ness is going to come in handy! I am supposed to run slow. I said "you don't need to worry about that!"
Last night I came home and was in SUCH a good mood. There is hope for my running career!