On Monday when I went to the gym a representative from HealthSource was there signing up members for a free chiropractic analysis and massage. Give me a free massage and I’m there! I also thought it would be interesting to hear what a chiropractor has to say.
I’ve never really considered going to a chiropractor on a regular basis. I mostly wanted to hear what she would have to say about my knees/IT bands. Playing volleyball for most of my life has been pretty hard on my knees (And I’m sure all the running doesn’t help much either). Senior year of college I strained my MCL and ever since my knee hasn’t really been the same.
Since it was a free appointment and I don’t have any major problems the appointment only lasted about a half an hour and didn’t really give me any insight on what I could do to ease the pain, besides coming back once a month for appointments. I’m hoping when I go back next week for my massage I’ll learn a few stretching techniques that might help.
One thing the chiropractor did share with me was the power of the foam roller. I try to foam roll my IT bands after long runs and have used it on my shoulders and back on various occasions. If you don’t foam roll I would HIGHLY recommend it! One thing she mentioned that I have never tried is to foam roll my inner thighs/knees. I’m going to try it on a regular basis for a while and see what happens! We’ll see.
I’ll report back next week after my massage and see if I get any more tips.
Monday: Lift back and shoulders, 30 minute intervals on elliptical
Tuesday: 5 mile treadmill run at 9 min pace
Wednesday: Rest Day