Physical therapy

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Marathon Training, stretches
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I began physical therapy this past week. Training for a marathon is taxing on my body. I have been to the Dr. twice and it is either a strain or tendonitis.

I would rather see a physical therapist than a physician. I feel like the physician only wants to see you for 2 minutes then it is on to the next patient. It seems to be about money for them not helping you as a person.

My treatment began at the physical therapist and I was there for two hours. Awesome. I am getting the attention and advice to get my knee healed. Lots of stretching and massaging and icing.

I have strains in two places the IT band and hamstring. I believe it is called iliotibial band syndrome or runners knee which comes from overuse when adding miles.  My guess is that I was not stretching properly before/after my runs.

Here is a stretch I use for my IT band

I have also been told to ice the lateral side (left leg) of my leg, behind the knee and just below the knee on the soleus muscle

More to come as I begin this journey to heal.

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