Brian Peacock wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:36 pm
I went to a chiropractor about a very long running issue with my back some years ago. He folded me up like a fancy French pastry and jumped about on me to make the bones in my hips, back and neck crack before suggesting I needed a course of 12 treatments. I couldn't walk for a week after that and didn't go back.
Some time later I went to an osteopath with the same complaint which was, by that time, causing me a lot of gip. He took a thorough medical history, watched me walk, sit, stand, squat, and pick up a set of dumbbells from the floor and off the table, then he massaged various bits of me before stretching my tendons. Then he folded me up like a fancy French pastry and massaged me some more before making the bones of my neck, shoulders and sternum crack. I was sent off with several sheets of exercises and the offer to make another appointment if I thought I needed one. I went home and slept for 12 hours, but when I woke up I had full range of movement even though I was a bit stiff and sore. I've done the exercises on and off ever since - and since I followed his advice to sleep on the floor, which I have for about 8 years now I think about it, I've had no major issue with my back.
Take from that what you will.
Fucking useless, evidence-wise.
Funny though, the same story I hear again and again - Some manipulation plus rest and plain exercise.
Many runners get referred to physio. I am not a physiotherapist, but I DO want to avoid engaging them professionally. They are fucking expensive.
In order to reduce their waste-work, it has been my intent to develop leg exercises such that, when referred to physio, they would assess my leg strength, and have no exercises left to recommend. This would leave them free to ply their skills on the more advanced problems.
So I did various leg exercises, finally arranging them all in a sort of dance where I put on my shoes.
It's like this (at the moment) standing on one leg,
extend my right leg behind me, reach down to the floor to pick up a sock, using both hands,
brush off my foot,
put on the sock,
zip the leg of my tights shut,
extend the foot ahead,
squat down to pick up my right shoe (touching the other shoe with my left hand)
rise, untie it, put it on, tie it, then put the foot down.
So being a couple hundred pounds, doing this every day once or twice is a real easy, but thorough working of each leg, yielding various strength and flexibility 'tests' as well.
I guess if I eliminate the weak muscles they generally identify as potential causes of problems, it can optimize our time for things I can't do myself.
Oh, and the shoe thing is getting funnier and funnier in public. I kind of wish I looked older.