After over a week of knee pain and feeling discouraged and depressed that I seemed to be having a set back, the pain disappeared. It made me think that it really was the tape that was helping me. It seems like such a minor thing, but apparently it is working.
My insurance company is starting to cover “alternative” care including chiro, acupuncture, natural medicine and massage. I think it’s fantastic! There’s a limit to how much I can use this year–I think 12 visits total or up to $500. I need to find out for sure because I plan on taking advantage of this.
I bring this up because I recently got an orthopedic massage for my knees. I’ve never had one before and didn’t really know what it was. I guess I was just expecting a regular massage. It was a lot different. The therapist examined me briefly (I’d arrived with a diagnosis and treatment from my sports doc and physical therapist) and then he got started.
Basically, it’s focused massage with manipulation. He explained that when there is pain in the body it’s due to an imbalance and overcompensation. Makes sense. I definitely notice that when my knees hurt I walk differently and sometimes that throws off my hips or my back starts to ache. He said that knee pain like mine is usually due to a tight “rectus femoris“–basically my quad. The IT band injuries cause knee pain on the side of the knee, Runner’s knee is related to the quad and that’s why the pain is in a different spot.
He also said that it’s often related to whatever is going on in the back of the body (i.e. tight hamstrings and glutes). There was definitely some traditional massage involved, but it was more deep like a sports massage. And in between massaging, he moved my legs and did lots of stretching. It was odd at first and boy was my lower body TIGHT. He did this move where he’d be stretching my body and he’d tell me to push my leg (or knee or whatever) against his hand and try to move his hand while he was pushing toward me. We’d do the pushing thing for about 30 seconds then relax, and he’d be able to manipulate my body into a deeper stretch.
When I rolled over and he worked on my hamstrings, he immediately found the huge knots in my hamstrings and my glutes. I almost passed out while he used his elbow to press on the knots in my glutes. It was really, really intense. My muscles twitched and screamed and then finally released. It was the oddest feeling, but it seemed to work. By the end of the session he was able to bend my leg so that my foot touched my butt. Seriously. I am usually not that flexible! The other stretches he did with my legs showed amazing improvement by the end of the session. At the start he could barely move my legs into some stretches and by the end it was nothing!
When the session was done, my legs felt like jello and as the day progressed, I could definitely feel the soreness in the spots he worked the hardest. I go back in a week and I really hope a handful of these types of sessions will work out the kinks in my muscles that are irritating my knees.
When I got home Michael was making a delicious and healthy dinner: scallops! It’s been AGES since we’ve had scallops. Am I the only one that thinks “Top Scallop” whenever I watch “Top Chef”?
Anyways. Dinner was kind of a hodge-podge of random things in the fridge. We had some brussels sprouts with a piece of bacon, the leftover polenta from the weekend, and I had some more pickled green beens. Totally random, but it was all tasty.
Dinner was around 600 calories total–including the snacks and nibbles I ate while it was cooking. The scallops are delicious, so fast and easy to cook and only around 100 calories.
My body definitely felt sore as time went on. I’d spent the day drinking gallons of water to try and minimize the soreness but it was inevitable. I’m really glad that I have tried orthopedic massage. I liked that it involved stretching and he showed me some moves I need to be doing on a regular basis. Luckily most of them I already do–I just need to do them longer than 20 seconds at a time! The therapist also recommended icing my knees and using a heating pad on my quads at the same time to try and loosen up the muscles. My hope is that a month from now, I will be able to say that orthopedic massage helped me! It may not cure me, but I’ll be happy with help!
QUESTION: Have you ever had an orthopedic massage? Did it help you?
I could really do with one of those for my back and hips. I wonder if they offer those kinds of massages in Glasgow? (I mean, I’m sure they do I just don’t know where.)
I hope your knee is feeling better!
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I’m sure they do. Check chiropractic type places. It’s the kind of massage that is more medical based and not like a “Spa” massage.
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I’m a huge fan of that type of massage–I truly believe it makes a WORLD of difference. I hope it helps you–and it’s at least worth giving a try! 🙂
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That’s good to hear! I’m glad it makes a big difference. I am willing to give it a whole-hearted try.
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Never had an orthopedic massage, but I’m a total fan of massages, especially when my muscles are sore. When my husband has had long weeks of running, and his leg muscles are tight, a massage is the only thing that will help get that tension out, so once in a while I’ll give him a deep tissues massage. Very beneficial!
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That is very nice of you!! I hope he reciprocates. 🙂
that sounds AWESOME!!! yet painful at times 😛 I’ve never had a concentrated massage like that before. I think I’d laugh if someone used their elbow on my butt though… 1. because I’m immature and uncomfortable with someone massaging my butt and 2. because I would think it’d actually tickle a little… but glad it worked for you and I hope with consistent visits you see long term affects!
I’m so used to getting massages that I don’t feel uncomfortable. I just want them to FIX me!!! 😉
I’ve never heard of that kind of massage and except a casual one from a friend or bf, I’ve never had one at all. That dinner looks so good! I still haven;t tried scallops. 🙁 Need to fix that!
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If you like seafood, definitely try scallops!
I’m a licensed massage therapist and incorporate therapeutic techniques into my sessions. I’ve found that once people experience relief from some trigger point work along with myofascial release they are more aware of their own bodies. Thanks for supporting those of us in the “complimentary/alternative” field – hope you’re follow up sessions are positive experiences. PS – been following your blog for a about a year and enjoy reading your posts. Congrats on your weight loss success – thanks for inspiring many of us followers!
Thanks for commenting LJ! I appreciate the viewpoint from someone in the know. I really do hope that this type of massage helps. I felt amazing pain and release when the therapist was working on my knots. It was crazy. It gave me hope that maybe I can fix it!
That type of massage can really do wonders for you over the long term. I went to a rolfer for a while due to chronic back pain, and damn! That girl was strong! I got the ‘ol elbow in the butt as well — not pleasant.
But after an hour of agony you walk away feeling like a million bucks.
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Did Rolfing work for you? I’d never heard of it before a week ago when my boyfriend mentioned he wanted to try it. He has scoliosis that causes his back pain to flare up at times. It sounds like it might be something that works well for that.
I went for the full 10 sessions and it did help quite a bit. It’s not cheap though. I think 10 sessions is enough for most minor ailments, but for more severe issues I think longer term treatment would be more effective. If I had the cash I’d still be doing it.
He might also want to look into ART (active release technique). A lot of chiropractors practice that these days.
I will pass that info on. Thanks!
As for the ortho massage, I will do it 12 times (that’s what my insurance will pay) and then I’ll have to figure something else out. I can’t afford paying full price for it all the time, either.