First ever trip to the physio

I didn’t post yesterday because I was feeling rather bitter about my lack of running just lately.  Check out my blog post over on the Women’s Running website as evidence of that!  I should not write when grumpy!

However, I visited Paul, of Physio & Therapy at lunchtime and my right glute was prodded, poked and pushed around and enough investigating was done to reassure me and Paul that I would be back to training again soon and that the ten weeks until the Dusk ’til Dawn ultra was still plenty of time!  Initially he was worried that there was something wrong with my hip,which would require having injections in order to be able to get back to my running, but that wasn’t the case and the pain stemed from my glute.

This was my first trip to a physio.  I’ve heard many people talk in the past about the pain of sports massages and physios but I assumed I would be fine.  I’ve got a tattoo, I’ve been knocked off my bike onto the road, I’ve fallen off horses numerous times, including one time when the shire horse I was riding fell on top of me, rolled over me and used his hooves in my side as a kick start to push himself back up again.  These were nothing though.  The pain of yesterday morning comes above all of those, coming only second to the time I was admitted to hospital with gaulstones.

I didn’t know my body bent in such places.  Well, it didn’t really because it rejected those poses repeatedly, screaming out in pain to me!  I tried to have a conversation with Paul whilst on the table, but I found myself forgetting the end of my sentences whilst doing my best not to a) cry or b) drag myself off the desk and refuse to be seen again in a sulk.

Whilst running on the treadmill, Paul discovered that I appeared to have a shorter left leg, which in turn overworked my right glute.  On closer inspection whilst back on the table upstairs I didn’t have a shorter leg, but when he added a heel raise and I ran on the treadmill again, my pelvis became more level so we are going to work with this for the time being to see how things go.

I feel like a teenager checking for a tan and have been checking my bum cheek out in the mirror every hour, sure that it will have turned black with bruises.  So far, this is not the case, although it is not the most comfortable to sit on right now!


I have been told that this golf ball is to become even more my friend from two days time as I use it to massage my glute further and my glute exercises and core stretches are to continue more than ever now.

I also need to continue mimicing my training plan over the next few days but through a different form of exercise – not running – so have some different plans for this week.  Pop back later to see what I have planned for today!

11 thoughts on “First ever trip to the physio

  1. Ahh yeah I feel your pain! I had a five minute session before one of my races and it was so painful. I got bruises on my leg! I’ve actually got a sports massage booked in for this Friday that I got with a Groupon voucher. I definitely think I need it after my race on Sunday. I was getting a bit of pain in my hip which was annoying but I’ve been foam rolling like crazy and it’s died down thankfully.
    Woa you’ve fallen off a few horses then! Sounds painful.

    1. I keep meaning to have a proper look at Groupon, because I’ve heard lots of people getting good deals through the website. Really must check it out this week!
      I didn’t make my horse-riding skills sound too great did I?! I used to help break horses in, ready to be ridden whilst in a previous job so have ridden a fair few ‘crazies’ in my time. When you ride horses that have never been ridden 4-5 hours a day you are prepared to fall off a fair few times!

  2. Funny – I’m far too much of a wimp to even consider a tattoo, and falling off bikes absolutely terrifies me, but I don’t mind sports massage/physio/manipulation at all. Different type of pain, perhaps?

    My right leg is almost 2 inches shorter than my left, less developed and has a lot less muscle on it (the thigh is an inch smaller in circumference) and I’ve spent so long doing single leg squats on the damn thing that I’m now at a loss as to what I can do to stop my left leg from having to do all of the work. I always think if I had two left legs I’d be super-speedy, but conversely I guess with two right legs I wouldn’t be able to run at all. These imbalances cause me so much trouble – they’re so extreme that even orthotics can’t correct them entirely.

    I really hope this is the start of getting back to running for you – you do have plenty of time still, so I’m still optimistic about your race :)
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    1. The tattoo was literally painless. It felt like somebody drawing on my skin with a ball-point pen, that was it. And I am actually the biggest wimp when it comes to needles! The bike riding terrified me last night! I’m sure I used to be much more fearless when I was a kid!
      Until heading down for the first Operation Ultra training day at the start of July I didn’t even realise that people could have one shorter leg, never mind how common it actually is! I presume you run with a heel raise in as well then? Does it make a difference in day-to-day life or purely to your running? I always find it fascinating how different everybody’s bodies are!

  3. I genuinely hate knowing I have to go the Physio with something although my physio is absolutely awesome – despite his evil I love your pain grin he gets when working on stubborn areas.

    I hope the exercises and cross training start to work to get over the pain – fingers crossed all will be better and you’ll be raring to go again come ultra time.
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  4. A sports massage was the most painful thing (well, except for injections in my toes/ teeth/ medical things)- I had 3 while I was training for a marathon and it was so painful, I was having trouble talking to her while she was doing it. I am so inflexible which I don’t think helped.
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    1. What have you had injections in your toes for? That does sound painful!
      I’m super inflexible too and the physio kept trying to put me in positions that my body kept refusing to get into!

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