RUN. Part 2
Have you ever gone on a run and started feeling pain in your knees or low back? Perhaps your hips felt unstable? My answer to these questions: Yes, YES and YASSS. Sadly, however, like so many others, I ignored what my body was telling me. Until one day it wasn’t just painful to run – it was painful to walk, to sit or even sleep!
It was then I decided to make an appointment at Sage Physical Therapy. Honestly, I wasn’t even exactly sure what physical therapy could do for me and I certainly never imagined PT would change my life.
The appointment began with my therapist asking questions about my journey with running and the aches and pains I had been experiencing. She listened with attention and care as I shared my story and then began teaching me more about my body and how it functions. I’m talking anatomy book and the whole nine yards! I learned how muscles are meant to work together and what happens when they don’t. Shortly after, we went into the gym area where she conducted a running gait analysis and continued discussing my goals. We established an awesome relationship from the start, and I was excited because perhaps for the first time in a long time, I would be able to run pain free.
I will never forget my first appointment. I became a stronger runner that very same day. Not because the pain and discomfort in my knees had magically disappeared, but because I immediately started performing proper and safer techniques during my next run. I now had exercises that made me a stronger and more effective runner. Who knew that strong glutes and a strong core were key to running? Who knew that by simply realigning my pelvis the pain in my knees and hip flexors would decrease or go away altogether? I didn’t. At least not until I sought out physical therapy and expanded my knowledge and education. I’ll say this again – physical therapy changed my life.
Oh and I’ll let you in on a secret: You DON’T to have to wait for a sports injury to happen. If you exercise daily, practice a specific sport or plan on starting something new, I would recommend finding a Physical Therapist a.s.a.p. Because Prehab > Rehab.