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01-28-2010, 11:44 AM
I squatted heavy on Monday and starting Tuesday developed very tight hammies. I mean, these guys feel like ribbons of steel running down the back of my leg. I know Rip suggests a “vicious massage” for conically tight muscles, so I’m wondering: Who has had a sports massage/massage therapy session?
I’m thinking of trying to get one scheduled for tonight so as to fix myself before tomorrow’s heavy squat session.
01-28-2010, 11:46 AM
I've had one and it was not pleasant. Felt good afterwards.
01-28-2010, 12:47 PM
As far as "regular" massage, I used to go three times a week. It worked: after three or four weeks I noticed a marked difference. This was when my insurance was paying for it, however.
Years later, I started seeing a massage therapist once again. She was BRUTAL. I was paying out of pocket at that time, so I could only afford to pay to go once a week. The results were not as dramatic.
Comparing the two instances, I think the difference was the frequency with which I received the massage. I think of massage as being like weight training: once a week isn't likely to produce much change.
01-28-2010, 12:51 PM
I went and saw a chiro who practiced "Active Release Therpay" (ART) when I was feeling some really bad knee pain. It turned out it was IT Band syndrome and he gave me a ITB release. He had this gorgeous little assistant help him out and I must admit, a single, solemn tear rolled down my cheek a few minutes in. It was hell but after a few sessions and some daily foam rolling I was back in business. I now go every few weeks to get worked on. Keeps me running smoothly.
God I musta looked like a big pussy in front of her...shit.
01-28-2010, 01:20 PM
The man who invented ART is a god in disguise. It worked wonders for me about a year ago when I was having some structural issues and knee/hip pain. It had been hurting me immensely every time I lifted for months but nothing I tried had helped. Fixed me right up in a few weeks and I was better than new. Haven't hurt since.
I do still try to get a massage every once in a while when I feel especially tight or beat up. I always feel better afterwards.
01-28-2010, 08:23 PM
Well, I just got done with the massage... let's just say, I wanted to scream but did not. Apparantly my IT band is strung up like a violin, and my hammies were knotted up to the size of a softball. No more!
I feel 20 lbs lighter, just from the flexibility that I didn't realize that I had lost. I can't wait to lift tomorrow!
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