Well.....it was that time again.
I'd noticed the tell-tale little hint of pain in my shins starting up, and I knew I needed to get a deep tissue (= torture) massage scheduled.
A couple of summers ago, I wanted to take up running.
I got shin splints after the first couple of weeks.
I stopped running.
Then, later that fall, I went hiking in the mountains with hubby.
I tore three calf muscles.
Fast forward to last year, I wanted to start running again.
You guessed it, shin splints.
So, for the last year, I've been to one doctor, one specialist, and three physical therapists.
Nobody was able to fix it.
Well, no one until I went to the last PT. She fixed it, lickily split!!!
Unfortunately, the shin splints were caused by a couple of different things.
1) my pelvis was slightly out of alignment
2) my calf muscles still hadn't healed correctly and completely
So....in comes deep tissue massage.
(And, before anyone who's never had a massage starts to get fearful....deep tissue as a normal massage, vs deep tissue for therapy...two different animals. One hurts like no other pain, and one feels magnificent!!)
In my case, the therapist runs their extremely pointy fingers (do they file those things down?) up and down the insides of my calves.....straightening the fibers of my messed up calf muscles.....AND increasing blood flow.
This is what it looks like the morning after.
Can't wait for those puppies to start turning black and blue....then green and yellow...then eventually fade away.
It probably goes without saying, I didn't run this morning. It was sprinkling a nice cool rain....but just walking to the bathroom hurt like a son-of-a-gun. Running 4 miles...I just couldn't work up the "umph" to do it.
I'll run tonight though.
At least a mile or two, if not the whole amount. :-)