Welcome Readers, for another lesson learned by Yours Truly.
Back in 2008, when my knee blew up on a downhill run in training for a downhill marathon, I’ve known that my hips were my problem. They continue to be my problem. Last year, I was off squatting and dead lifting for more than six months before a chiropractor took an ex-ray of my back only to explain to me that basically I have a “muted hip”. Meaning that they DO NO MOVE. When my bones go on (my very technical term) “lock down”, I immediately will have muscular pains/knots in my a**/give me some ice now kind of pain. Lately I’ve been running back to the chiropractor a minimum of 2x a week!
Holy Crap…that’s too much.
So, my complaint lately has been to the chiropractor, “well, you can’t fix me” and his comment is “well you’re over-training” and my comment back to him is, “no, sir I’m not”. There is something related to my muscles that are pulling me out of alignment!!
Guess what?! Nobody has identified which muscles that they are for me that are not doing their job, but, what I can tell you is that the front of my body is ENTIRELY TOO TIGHT in comparison to the back of my body.
What does that mean exactly? You know when you go to yoga class and you know you can’t do certain things—hello, backbends–because you are just too tight, you can’t do them, therefor you don’t even try to do them….I could go on and on. Bottom line, I neglect the crap that I suck at (full wheel, camel pose, bow pose) because I can’t do them.
Now, thanks to Network Fitness’ kindness and generosity in teaching me how to be MOBILE in my tight spots, I at least know what to do! Note above photo of my “mobility tools”..A $9 PVC pipe from Lowe’s, a $1 LaCrosse ball from Amazon.com, a $10 foam roller from the local running store and the cream of the crop, the “bumpy roller” obtained from Network Fitness for a ridiculous sum of money. However, what I’ve learned has been invaluable to teaching me how to be more flexible and release the tight areas of my body.
Learn from me, if you suck at something, figure out how to improve the situation. The only thing that can occur from super tightness is injury.