Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Owwwwww, much better!

I went to see Dan today. He's my cure-all for the ailments I tend to bring upon myself in training. Any time my friends get hurt I tell them "Go see Dan, he will heal you!"

It's called Active Release Therapy (ART). It hurts. Think terribly deep tissue massage, but you actually have to be involved in the process and move your legs or arms or whatever he is working on. But when he's done everything feels oh-so-good!

Dan has the ability to make me laugh while he's destroying all the knots, tightness and junk in my muscles that I acquired while swimming, biking and running. It's amazing to me how much pain he inflicts, and I still love going to see him!

He also is smart. Bio-mechanics smart! Today we determined my back is WAY over-the-moon tight. Which is causing my poor piriformis (butt) to hurt!

Steven refers to this picture as the "Dan molesting my wife in Kona" picture.

14 comments:

ADC said...

Well you look flexible :-) I will have to look for an ART practioner here in London - am willing to try anything.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hooray!!!! Glad that you saw the ART therapist extraordinaire Dan and are on the road to recovery! SUPER! You'll be GREAT for Oceanside!!! :)

t-odd said...

I had been going along thinking "ART sure, ART practitioner. Oh, yeah everyone knows what that is. Duh." Now I actually know - thanks. And Wow - what happened to your leg in that picture? Does it snap back on like my daughter's Barbies? I sure hope so. Oceanside! Look out here come C!

IAN said...

Awesome!! Glad to hear it. My PT session last week were likewise very painful, but oh so beneficial. But that pic is where the similarities end! JESUS!! Did you do a stint as a contortionist with Cirque? I'm pretty sure such a move would be the end of my tri career... possibly even my walking career.

beth said...

DAN IS THE MAN. i heart dan. he has cured me many times. and he recently cured james' foot.

i can't believe this post reminded me i forgot to book my pre-race "tune up" with dan. last season it was my good luck charm. i only did well at races where i had been 48 hours prior.

rocketpants said...

Ohhhhh the evil ART...I have a love hate relationship with ART too...Saw Gino who used ART to cure me after my psoas injury. Amazing stuff really.

FLATOUT JIM said...

I am a, I mean I have a pain in the butt. I should probably check this stuff out, ya think?

Ordinarylife said...

Uhm.... How the heck did you get your leg up there?
The only time mine would be even close is if I dislocated it from my hips!!

Beth said...

Yeah for ART!! When my IT band started acting up a little recently I went straight to the ART doc. :) And man are you right - it hurts!! But that stuff works!! Hope the butt is feeling great. You will be rearing to go for Oceanside! :)

Kim said...

I have that exact same issue! The dang piraformis! I never even knew what it was until about two years ago a sharp pain kept running down my leg (which was my siatic nerve - I am SURE I didn't spell that right by the way!). Anyway, good to know ART works. I just had a massuse that would work it over with his elbow.. I wanted to punch him! You're doing the right stuff! Keep it up!

kera said...

Uuuummmm your way to flexible!!!! Hope you're feeling better!

GoBigGreen said...

Hey good for you! Those deep rotators are a pain in the A$$ no doubt, literally and figuratively. I think the ART with some foam and Trigger Point rolling is the way to go, plus make sure your glute medius is firing as well as your deep hip rotators.
For some people, as kim said, the piriformis wraps around the Sciatic nerve and that kinda stinks too:(

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Ouch ouch and more ouch. But the good kind. Glad you have a Dan in your life.

E.L.F. said...

Haaaa...also in that picture is my active release therapist from Chicago. He always goes to Kona. Seeing him there 'for free' is always a special treat!