Runner Therapy: Sometimes Less Is More
A patient emailed me today anxious about a glute injury she is receiving treatment for.
“I just feel a little down in the dumps because I feel like I’m not doing all I can to fix myself besides running less, running easy, going to see you for awesome good-kind-of-painful massages, and stretching (which I could stand to increase).”
She is feeling a bit helpless because she can’t find anything active to do to help her problem besides stretches, ice and modifying her running program.
Unfortunately the muscles, joints and other tissues in your body are like a car. If you put on too many miles on without regular tune-ups you are likely to experience injury. However, unlike your car, rest and rehab can solve almost anything.
As type-A individuals we are used to actively solving a problem. But often times the best thing we can do is learn to give up control completely and rest. Give in to what your body needs and you are actively helping yourself…even though the approach is passive.
Patience is a difficult thing for runners, but mastering this will lead to less days off from what you love!
Do you subscribe to the “sometimes less is more” theory? Do you schedule for adequate rest during race training? Are you sometimes your own worst enemy?
(Marisa, a MS PT SCS ATC, is a member of iRunnerBlog’s team and writes the Runner Therapy column, she is a physical therapist in private practice in midtown NYC called Dash Physical Therapy. She one of only a dozen or so physical therapists in the state of NY to be board certified in sports.)