Bluenose, is ART pressure point massage? I had that when this condition first developed and it was painful as hell but it really worked, in combination with ultrasound and electrical stimulation at the chiropractor. I had it licked for about 4 months then it came back with a vengeance. I can find my own pressure points and it helps but nothing as good as having a professional do it.
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What worked for me and still works when a problem crops up is ART - Active Release Therapy which is a form of massage -- not for the faint of heart but it was the fastest recovery tool for running I have ever used. I still use it for the odd ache and pain. You need to get someone who is certified in ART as is a speciality for the massage genre which is deep deep muscle activation etc.
I do intend to have it further investigated but I am fairly confident in the diagnosis I have. It does seem odd though for it to be exacerbated so easily so perhaps something else has developed. This all started when I stopped working as a costume designer (a fairly active job) and took a full time desk job. All the sitting is taking its toll. I need to find a very good stretching regimen and stick to it. Pathfinder, I'm glad to hear from someone else who's had this issue...it's quite unpleasant. I'm probably going to switch to pool activities until I can get this sorted out.
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I would strongly suggest you seek out a referral to a physical therapist. Your description is concerning, and the severity of your pain after so little exercise tells me that you need a program tailored to your needs and abilities. Don't do things that could hurt; seek professional advice before you injure yourself further!
I totally understand, I also received the "tight IT Band" diagnosis and found walking excruciating and would wake up every night, multiple times from the pain!
What saved me was the pool! I am able to simply tread water in the deep end (burns lots of calories) and in the shallow end, I do range-of-motion exercises that I could never balance my way through on dry land! I can stretch there too, which is very hard (painful) without the warm-up that the pool offers.
If you can find a warm pool, that is even better. The pool I use is about 90 degrees all year round, which makes it very therapeutic. When I'm done with my exercises, I head into the hot tub for some real relaxation. It's gotten me through a very long several months during which I couldn't do any other sort of exercise!
Good luck finding what you need, I can appreciate that it really is "challenging"!!
I am really struggling with excercise. I have had an ongoing problem with a tight IT band for a long time and didn't really address it until last year. After about 6 months of chiropractic and massage, I finally had it under control and was able to sleep without pain and to excercise. I have over 100 lbs to lose and I am in bad shape generally so it is hard enough to get going. After only a month back at the gym, taking it easy, being cautious etc. I stupidly went on an elliptical machine for only 5 minutes and now I'm right back to square one; barely able to walk, can't sleep without waking up in pain every 3 hours. I am so disheartened...it feels like I am pushing a ball uphill. Anyone else face similar challenges with excercise? If you have any good quad stretchs that you can share, I'd appreciate it. (Esp. any that are done with assistive devices such as chairs since I have a very limited range of motion right now)
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