That Nagging Injury

Many athletes get injury that keeps coming back. Runners and triathletes are notorious for this, then try to fix or remedy it themselves. Mine is the left gluteal Medius. I have done physical therapy, see chiropractor every couple weeks. This happens when I do a lot of running the road because of the camber of the road. After working with physical therapists for my athletes and personal training clients, I have learned all muscles are connected and the actual problem may not be coming from where you feel the pain but another place in the body. Also, as we age our body posture and mechanics change because of earlier injuries. I am a sponge to learn more about our body’s mechanics. When my left calf tighten up and wouldn’t get better, I started researching. First, I did positional therapy stretches and learned a new one that helped the calf. Then I started reading “Tight Hip Twisted Core” by Christine Koth. She had a couple of stretches for my hips that actually relieved the tightness in my hip and the calf. The stretches are in the pictures above. She said to hold these stretches for at last 2 minutes. I have incorporated these stretches with my other ones and do them everyday, which my hip and calf have improve. Christine also had some strength exercises. Be safe and happy! @pamhouck

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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