My Recent Experience with Physical Therapy
- July 31st, 2013
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I have been trying to get back into running for a while now, prostate but have always put it off for one reason or another. Just as I was about to finally get started (I even went out and bought a new pair of shoes!), shop I started to notice a real ache in my hip. I had no idea why, but it was really starting to hurt. I put off running, and thanks to my work, was able to ask a friend who happens to be a physical therapist to give me a once over. Sure enough, something was wrong, although I still have no idea why.
Off to the clinic I went! After a quick diagnostic, and a few tests, they identified the specifics. Nothing serious, nothing permanent, but I needed to realign some things, and strengthen some others. Cool, let’s do it.
A few (SLIGHTLY, painful) manual manipulations later, I was given my “homework”, a few stretches and strengthening exercises, which I need to do everyday. I had to laugh a little when my therapist presented me with my print outs with the few lines of explanations next to their static images. This is what I have been helping to abolish my whole time at Jintronix! There was a certain irony that was not lost on me, but being the good student I am, I have been doing my homework, lest I be labeled a hypocrite.
Sure enough, only a week later, I feel a lot better. Not 100%, but the stretches are helping to re-align everything, and I am strengthening little muscles I didn’t even know I had. All this to say, physical therapy works, but even for something as minor as what I had, I still needed to go into the clinic twice a week, and do about 15 minutes of homework a day. Not a lot by most standards, but still a commitment and sometimes a burden.
It put things back into perspective for me. Trying to imagine having to do hours of therapy, everyday, for potentially months or years, is an overwhelming prospect. I can understand why people would just stop altogether. That being said, I have friends who are encouraging, and who I want to smoke in a race sometime down the road, which was motivation enough for me. Hopefully more people will find Jintronix a motivational tool to help them with their physical therapy, and get back to their day-to-day lives with their friends and family.
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