So I went to another ART practitioner here near my work that is "in network" with my insurance.
Interesting because he had a totally different diagnosis then the first guy I saw. He thinks I have facet syndrome and very weak glute and hip flexor muscles so I am using my hamstrings to propel myself forward causing all kind of other issues.
(The first guy said I had piriformis syndrome)
He spent about 15 minutes doing the ART while he asked me a bunch of questions.
Turns out I am really inflexible...which I am not too surprised about.
So, I spent almost 2 hours at his office the other day doing trigger point rolling on a rugby ball and some other little rollers...fun fun! They also showed me some exercises to get my glutes and pelvic muscles to start firing correctly. It was interesting and informative and I went home with like 20 hand outs of all the exercises I needed to do every day, some even twice a day...before runs, after runs, pretty much like an hour of trigger point and exercises each day.
He told me I should come back twice a week to see a physical therapist about my facet syndrome and back issues.
He also told me I need to have more days of recovery between runs. So, for instance this week he said I can run 5-7 tomorrow...speedwork Thursday 5-7 mile...and 16 on Saturday would be ok.
I don't have a rugby ball or there little trigger point rollers so I did as many of the exercises as I could with my foam roller both Saturday and Sunday. It's going to be SO hard to make the time to do these!!! I didn't feel that much different after either session. (Not that I expected an instant healing, but I thought I would feel a little looser.)
(Side note here...I found this video online...and I am telling you this is the BEST foam roller stretch I have found...LOVE it!)
Today I went to my first PT appt. which I felt was pretty much BS...so for $80.00 he told me to do some back bends, some pigeon poses, and some exercises on the balance ball twice a day. He spoke of flexion and how this could help my back. He said once we developed flexion, than we would work on core. It was about a 1/2 hour long.
Now I know a negative attitude is not going to help me....but what really bothered me about this appointment is that he told me that I need to start coming twice a week indefinitely. The doctor stepped in at one point and said once I met my deductible it should become easier and more affordable for me to see the PT. WHAT!? My deductible is out of pocket and it's $3000! That just seems crazy to me. So 2 appointments with the PT a week and one ART appointment a week. For a total of $240 a week. :(
I just felt discouraged. I am glad I learned more about triggerpoint therapy...and I am glad I am understanding more about my glutes and hips being part of the issue. And I am glad I learned some exercises....but there is NO way I can afford to go indefinitely.
I don't know what I am going to do.