I was showing off to the kids doing pull-ups with my middle son, 7 yrs old, hanging on to me. When I got down my whole right side was sore. It has been a few months and it has never fully healed. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to facilitate the healing of these muscles? I have three boys and at my job my office is on the second floor of a building with no elevator, so staying off of it would be nearly impossible. Any advice is good advice.
If it's been multiple months and hasn't healed, my guess is that you rearranged your spine in some painful way. I'd check-in with a chiropractor to get things put back into place. If something is out of alignment, no amount of rest or drugs will will a physical object back into place. ;)
Almost any "modality" can be helpful as long as the practitioner is good. Chiropractic, active release technique, trigger point, physical therapy, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Graston, Pilates, etc.
I am entirely unconvinced about the scientific validity of some of these modalities as they are commonly espoused. But, I've found that the best practitioners have several things in common: good manual sensitivity, a good understanding of functional anatomy, and an idea of how multiple factors can affect dysfunction and healing. (Diet, sleep, prior injuries, movement patterns, lifestyle, emotional health, etc.)
If the practitioner is mediocre or incompetent, it doesn't matter how reputable the modality is.
Depending on how much time/money you can spend on this, I would invest in finding a good chiro/PT/ART. If you want to do it yourself, check out Kelly Starrett's stuff at mobilitywod.blogspot.com. He's an exceptionally good DPT. Get some lacrosse balls and start going to work on your soft tissues, hammer your mobility every day, and see what happens.
Personally, I have had a nagging low back injury on my left side for a number of weeks. Finally went to see a trigger point guy, who was very good. I was pleasantly surprised to feel about 80-90% better after a single session. If you find the right person, it'll be worth every penny. Otherwise, you'll be wasting a lot of time and money -- I know from experience. =(
A chiropractor is definitely a good bet. Almost all of them use deep tissue modalities in their regimens (ART, Graston, ROLFing, etc...), aimed specifically at muscle rehabilitation and healing. They can take care of a lot of other problems while their at it, ensuring that your body is functioning to its maximum mechanical capabilities.
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