My left leg has been feeling quite tight for months. I feel the tightness from the arch of my foot, to my calves all the way to my lower back. I do believe it’s a running injury. I’ve been searching online for ways of stretching and loosen these muscles, but I have not found any information that is relevant to my situation. In the back of my mind I have been telling myself that getting a massage would be a great idea. My work’s health plan covers massage, and in my 15 years of working, I have never taken advantage of this benefit. I have also changed my running shoes lately, hoping it would solve this issue, but so far it hasn’t.
A Trip To The Doctors
Thursday of last week, as I was putting my shoes on before heading out the door for work, I leaned over, and I was shocked with shooting pain that radiated from my lower back down my left leg. I’ve been in pain every since. I was lucky to get a same day appointment with my doctor. She said it’s muscular, her treatment was a note to get assessed and treated by a registered massage therapist. I relieved to know it wasn’t a slipped disk or pinched nerve or something serious.
Moral Of The Story?
The moral of this story is listen to your body’s cues and don’t ignore them. The old adage of “No Pain, No Gain” has it’s place in sports, but I think it refers to mental toughness rather than pushing through the pain of acute or chronic injuries. If I had been preventive, and gotten those massages that I wanted in the first place, I would have saved myself a Dr.’s appointment, and most importantly, I would have saved myself form lots of pain. My first massage is now planned for Tuesday. Oh well, I guess my body needs a few days of rest before I hit the pavement again. Lesson learned!