What do you do when you’ve got a nagging pain in your hip, a tight shoulder, an out of place rib, or something that just doesn’t feel the way it should? Go to the family doctor or orthopedic, right? No.

Many new avenues in medicine have recently demonstrated success in fixing nagging pains, aches, lost range of motion and so much more, helping folks stay out of the surgery room and in their daily activities.

This post is all about questioning your doctor, getting a second opinion, finding the right person to help you, and staying as far away from the knife (surgery) as possible.

This is a MUST READ for discovering new methods of sports medicine that help reduce pain and get you back to your old self, fast.

Over the last few years, I’ve lived with some sort of pain, muscle soreness, tightness, pinching, loss of motion, altered movement, or some other annoying ache. Talking with other people, I’ve come to find out that I’m not the only one that suffers from some of these issues.

I’m sharing this with you because I want you to know that you don’t have to live in pain; you have options. There are ways to relieve it, and it doesn’t have to involve drastic measures.

Here are two examples that have caused me major pain; - 2009, a partially tore labrum while playing on a softball team that never practiced. - 2010, when purchasing a new bike I was not correctly fitted by a certified bike fit specialist.

These mistakes went on to cause me an enormous amount pain. That pain resulted in me having to alter my gait, turn muscles off, and prohibited me from making major strength gains.

It might not seem like major injuries that would cause years worth of pain, but if things like these are not addressed properly, they will not only affect the injury site but much more.

I won’t go into all of the details, but I will explain some of the symptoms I had and the steps I took to get where I am now. This way, you may be able to relate to and quickly solve any pain or discomfort issues you may have.

Shoulder from softball injury

I was young and dumb and wasn’t aware of other practices outside of the emergency room, orthopedics or chiropractors. When my shoulder stayed tight, achy, and began to lose range of motion and strength, I automatically thought my structure was messed up and by using the process of elimination I chose to go see the ortho. Although he did properly assess me, he stuck me with a needle, ordered an MRI, and gave me the option of the knife or no knife. Steps taken to relieve pain: - Orthopedic visit; Arthogram, MRI, surgery or Physical Therapy - Chiropractor - Foam roll daily, multiple times, with extremely dense objects. - Massage Therapy

Right Hip Flexor Complex

The tight, aching, pinching pain below my hipbone started as a come-and-go type of pain. It eventually caused a discrepancy in my gait and athletic achievement through altered muscular contractions. Basically, because of the tightness in my hip, other muscles surrounding my hip began to alter how they functioned and began to dominate movement when they were supposed to just help movement. This is a bad issue that became worse.

You see there is a lot more to the way your legs and hips work together and much more to it than people just saying they have tight hips. More than just a “hip flexor” actually crosses your “hip” (from your leg to pelvis). So tight hips could mean a lot of different things rather than just your Psoas, Illiacus, Tensor Fasciae latae, amongst others. Steps taken to relieve pain: - Orthopedic; gave me a topical cream to apply twice daily and prescribed Physical Therapy - Twice a week Physical Therapy (was counterproductive to issue + no daily assessments) - Chiropractic; was prescribed 2-3 times per week visits. This was only a band-aid to the issue, which means it only helped for a few days at a time. - Foam roll daily, multiple times, with extremely dense objects. - Massage therapists

There it is, approximately two and a half years of nagging, achy, tight pain that wouldn’t go away. It sucked, it prohibited me from making major strength gains, made me hate riding my bike, made walking uncomfortable, running was hardly an option, and sitting sometimes hurt.

I’m writing this to help you better understand the options outside the doctor’s office and how to alleviate minor or major pains that you may experience that doesn’t allow you to live, but holds you back in some cases, which can result in you feeling like you have to give up on activities that you enjoy doing. There are options.

The entire time I was being treated for my hip and shoulder I knew it wasn’t a structural problem (skeletal) but a muscular or tissue problem. The issue was that I didn’t know who or how to treat it.

The setbacks that resulted and caused chronic pain were from adhesions in my soft tissue. For more of an in depth understanding, read this for more about soft tissue adhesions << Must read >> Damaged soft tissue - My issue

How I banished years of pain in just 75 minutes

Enter Active Release Technique and Muscle Activation Technique

I believe that these two techniques are some of the most underrated and powerful treatments offered when it comes to pain relief and muscle damage. The sad part is, not many people know about them.

A couple of weeks ago I scheduled my ART assessment, have had two sessions post assessment, and haven’t felt better since birth. Hip and shoulder pain GONE all in less than two hours of work.

In the days following my first session I went back to all my lifts (squat, deadlift, Olympic lifts) that caused hip discomfort and performed each of them stronger, more explosive, and most importantly, pain free.

To give you an idea of ART, think foam rolling your most painful area then imagine if the foam roller was also tattooing you at the same time, that’s what it feels like, it’s that good! (Actually, it really hurts, but it’s the best pain you’ll ever feel.)

Personally, I have not done any form of Muscle Activation Technique so I can’t speak on any pros or cons but I wanted to provide you a better understanding of two forms of pain relief.

I’ve provided you with a couple videos below, as well as the pages where you can find local practitioners to help you. I’ve also teamed up with the local ART specialist in DC to help you with the cost of each visit. (Most insurance is accepted).

Watch these videos for a better understanding of the two practices.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnrmj2bgubU (ART) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HgezgRiaos&feature=related (MAT)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGryZakf25U&feature=endscreen (MAT) Your local DC Specialist Dr. Paul Glodzik Washington Injury and Sports Performance Clinic http://www.wispc.com

This is the guy that works on me and has agreed to give 20% discounts to anyone who mentions my name.

I hope you learned something here and will seek out these professionals who can help you and relieve any pain that you may currently have.

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Dedicated to your health, Carmen