The last 6 weeks, I’ve been fighting a bit of an injury. While I haven’t been sidelined from all activity, I have been sidelined from running for the last 4 weeks. I typically go to physical therapy when injured, but I decided to try something different this time around and the results…well…I’ll let them speak for themselves.
Dr. Chris Feil is a Chiropractor who does active release therapy (ART) here in Ames. He has worked with a variety of athletes in many different athletic fields. He runs with Team Vardo (our local running group) and was confident that he could get me back in my running shoes pounding the pavement in no time. I let him know that I had never been to a chiropractor before, but I was willing to give him a try and let him work some magic.
What is ART? According to Active Release Techniques, “ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.”
After seeing Dr. Chris four times in less than 2 weeks, he told me to try running for 20-30 minutes this weekend and see how everything feels. I have to admit, I was VERY nervous and this is where the courage came in.
Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. I was definitely frightened to go out and test the legs. “What ifs” infiltrated my mind…What if it would hurt to run? What if I do more damage to my knee? What if I don’t feel any pain while running, but find out later I’ve regressed? What if, what if, what if???
I decided to run on the trails in the park by our house since it is relatively flat and I wouldn’t be far from home. Courage…
I started off really easy and could feel that I was compensating for what I thought I might feel instead of what I was feeling. I really focused on not letting my body make compensations, forcing myself to relax and just run. It turned out better than I could have expected!! I have some work to do to get my speed and distance back, but I will take the slower pace if it means I can run pain free 🙂
Dr. Chris has definitely worked some magic and I am forever grateful that he has gotten me back in my running shoes pounding the pavement. If you are currently riding that injury train or toying with a ride on it, I would definitely recommend visiting Dr. Chris. He’ll get you off that train and moving again in no time 😉
When have you had to be courageous? What do you do to help come back strong after injuries? Have you tried ART? If so, how did it work for you?