I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I was going to my first athletic therapy appointment, so of course I wanted to document my experience on the blog. You guys know I love to try things and share my experiences with you, so let’s jump in and see how it all went!
My appointment at Start Line Health & Wellness Group started at 11:30am yesterday. As you guys know, I am in the process of recovering from an injury, but I have also been struggling with pain in my right hip that I want to get down to the bottom of. So, I sought the help of an athletic therapist and booked my appointment a couple weeks ago when the pain first appeared.
My athletic therapist, Ashley, was super knowledgeable and explained every step of the appointment thoroughly. We started with questions about the pain, when it started, what it feels like, then moved into more questions about my training program, what kind of shoes I wear, what kind of terrain I run on, etc. I felt like Ashley truly took the time to understand my situation, and she had some great recommendations and insight to how I can go about fixing this. I’ll get to that in a bit, though : )
We ran through several exercises where Ashley monitored the way my body moved through a range of exercises. Twisting from the side to side, balancing on one foot, lifting one knee, and a sequence of laying-down exercises that tested my range of motion and strength. Range of motion is not an issue in my legs. However, I found out that my right hip area is extremely weak, which comes from the gluteus medius. The gluteus medius is on the outside part of our pelvis, and it is responsible for abduction (if you are laying down, lifting your leg up), external and internal rotation, and flexion, to name a few. Since my gluteus medius is considerably weaker on my right side than my left side, my hip flexors have been over compensating for the weakness, which has been causing my pain.
Ashley explained to me how the weak gluteus medius muscle is causing the imbalance, and we discussed ways to help strengthen the area. Since my marathon is in October, I want to do everything I can to stay strong and injury free, so I am thankful to have gone to this appointment. Along with stretching and foam rolling, she gave me three exercises to incorporate into my routine 2 to 3 times per week. They include clamshells, side plank with leg lifts, and “monster walks,” which is a resistance band walk. All of these will help activate my glutes and strengthen my gluteus medius, as well as other muscles of my body!
All in all, it was a great first appointment. It was definitely insightful, and I love learning about the way the body works and how we can become better and stronger. I am going back next week for a follow up appointment, so until then, I’ll be practicing my clamshells! LOL. Have a great day, everyone!
Let me know in the comments: have you ever been to an athletic therapist, or any other kind of medical practitioner like a chiropractor? I want to know!