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ART treatment really works

December 10, 2010

Must runners have to confront injuries at one time or another. I guess now I’m a really runner now because I’ve had problems with my foot since I felt the fascia tear during a race last month. I finally sought treatment instead of toughing it out. I did some research on the Internet and discovered that Active Release Therapy (ART) is a really good treatment to prevent plantar fasciitis from becoming permanent. I found a chiropractor credentialed in ART and set up an appointment.

In addition the my foot woes, I’ve also had a clicking in my hip for more than a year that is usually is better once it warms up. After 18 years of ballet and decades of competitive sports, I’m not surprised. I was running in 22 degree weather this week and the  pain almost stopped me in my tracks. With the cold weather, it finally wore out. Thankfully it was the day before my appointment. Great timing! I figured I could get it looked at while I was there.

I’m so glad I mentioned the hip problem to the doctor. After only two sessions it has finally stopped clicking. Now I just have to stretch and strengthen my muscles. Plus, the ART treatment is making the fascia less painful. I can actually walk without limping in the morning. YAY!

So, I’m all adjusted and on track for my hip and foot to be fixed for good. Dr. Cheryl Lee-Pow is a runner and athlete so she knows what I need to stay road ready. Next step is to schedule an appointment with Sarah Southmayd – my amazing massage guru – and I’m going to get/stay race ready for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler next spring.

Next up is the Jingle Bell Jog 8K on Sunday. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t want to undo Dr. Cheryl’s work.

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