Thursday, August 27, 2009
I had a massage yesterday with a really proficient muscle specialist.
He used massage and trigger points to release the muscles in my right leg and in my back that connected to that area. He worked on me for an hour. A lot of it was painful, but I'm used to painful massage from all the deep tissue therapy I've had. I joke that I pay people to hurt me!
He gave me some advice on exercise - swimming is the only real way I should move my legs repetitively, because I get the movement of the muscle without any weight or strain.
He also suggested I use a rope looped around the bottom of my foot to pull my leg up and down, again to get movement without exerting and exhausting the muscles too much.
So I'm going to try to swim more and do some stretches. He told me the latest theory in stretching is not to hold the stretch for more than two seconds. I found verification for this in various places online, including "The Wharton Stretch Book" at amazon.com.
Still scheduled for an MRI but have no expectations there. Over the years I've had all sorts of tests, xrays, cat scans and an MRI 4 yrs ago, showing nothing.
The problem is in my muscles, which spasm and contort my body out of alignment. Strong enough to make one leg shorter at times, or to hold my back in an iron grip so I can't even reach the radio in my car. Something in my back/nerves causes this, as far as anyone can tell me. Sitting too much is a problem, standing too much is a problem, walking too much is a problem.
Orthopedics is the closest thing to a muscle specialist and I have a referral for that doctor after my MRI.
Meanwhile, I just do what has helped me in the past, not a cure, just a management of pain and restriction. In time, I ususally get some results. The pain is not excruciating any more, just annoying and frustrating. I don't limp every time I take a step, but about 50% of the time.
That is some improvement over a week ago. Counting my blessings. Maybe that is what has helped me lose 2 of the 5 lbs. I gained over the past month and a half.