I love my chiropractor. He takes my headaches away. He talks running with me (he does tri's). He keeps my lower back pain away. He talks running with me. And then we talk running some more.
Last night I had an appointment and I mentioned my IT band was getting tight again. No pain, at least not like when my IT band reduced me to walking during a half marathon and then sent me to PT. I've been through this before and my chiropractor talked me through it, made sure I was doing the right exercises, and helped me stretch.
I was surprised when he started working the ITB with his hand. And then he started pushing on it. OMG! I was holding my breath. I was closing my eyes tight. I was sweating. I was trying not to scream as he was working on my ITB. Wow, the pain! It hurt when the PT did something similar 18 months ago, but not so localized and OUCH!
I now know what the pain was - I have black and blue marks where he was working my ITB. The pictures did not turn out. When I left he said there might be some bruising. Apparently he doesn't understand how easily I bruise. Or, that I won't be able to touch that area for a week. Or, that it will be a good three weeks before the bruises finally fade to 'only noticeable if you know there was a black and blue mark there.' I just hope it isn't so tender come Saturday morning when I put on my compression shorts for my long run.
I love my chiropractor, but I think I'm going to let him focus on my back and headaches and take the ITB tightness elsewhere.
FWIW, this morning's 2 miler was no different than any other morning in regards to my ITB.