So yesterday I did that running thing. And as mentioned, after getting home I noticed that my right knee was starting to hurt.
I figured I had somehow injured my knee. Ow!
- I iced it off and on all night. (It sort of helped ... but only a little.)
- I stretched it. (Minimal help there.)
- I rested it. (For some reason that is when the twinge of pain came back.)
- I whined to my wife about it. (Hmmm ... that TOTALLY did not work. Sheesh.)
And this morning when I woke it still felt twingy. (Damn red squiggly line telling me that 'twingy' is not a word. I curse you red squiggly line.)
At any rate, not one to let common sense stop me, I packed my gear and went to the gym for Spin class.
Prior to class I was in the stretching area, and the Spin instructor walked by and must have seen me holding my knee, because she asked if my knee was ok. I mentioned that I think I might have injured it.
The first thing out of her mouth was, "Did you run yesterday?"
Hmm ... how did she know? My mind was racing with thoughts like,
- "I bet she is really more than a Spin instructor. I bet she is psychic too."
- "I bet she's into me and must have been stalking me."
- "I bet she's just a lucky guesser."
Until finally I came to the conclusion that she just knows a lot about health and fitness. Good thing I didn't voice any of those other thoughts out loud....I would have sounded like a total dork to her ... or been kicked out of the gym. Now only all of you know how dorky I was being :)
Anyway, I let her know about the run I did. I asked her how she knew it was that I had run.
She said the area I was rubbing was a give away. She said it was very likely that I had inflamed the IT-band. The IT-band, she said, helped with lateral stability, especially with activities like running and biking and doing squats. She said that the area I was massaging made her think I had hurt it running. (It was hurting on the outside of my knee, sort of where the hinge part of the joint is.)
So ... the IT-band ... what is it you ask? Hell if I know ... but after getting home I ran to my computer to look it up. It's actually the iliotibial band. Some body part thingy that goes from the outside portion of your pelvis to just below your knee. Here's a photo.
(The picture on the left is a side-view looking directly at a person's right leg. The picture on the right is a front-view as you look at a person right leg)
Anyway, Spin Instructor lady showed me two foam roller thingys to do. She laid there with me and pushed me into position and said stay there ... move there ... etc. Then she got up and said to let her know if that helped ... and went to set-up Spin class.
Now, I've done the foam roller thing before ... and various stretches. And yes, they help. But this. What I was just shown.....holy WOW!
It was like magic. Incredible. Miracle-like. Voodoo even.
I mean, the pain in my knee TOTALLY went away. TOTALLY.
She told me to do it again after Spin class. I religiously did it. Heck, I now want to find other aches pains and erroneously extrapolate what I just learned.
Seriously though ... I'm super glad that there's people out there willing to share that kind of knowledge.
Though I still think there was some kind of otherworldly science involved.