For the last several months, I’ve been looking for a good local gym and I think I found one. It was actually more of a process of elimination: Namely, that the available national chains have such bad reputations, both for dirty, smelly environments and for ripping off money via your bank drafts, that I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever find a place that wasn’t run by greedy assholes. (Did you know that gym memberships are packaged and sold as derivatives?)
So I finally found a gym that’s locally owned and has great reviews from its members. (Plus, free parking.) No pool, which I really wanted to start, but whatever. I had a phone conversation with one of the personal trainers to find out about her training and experience (because I’m terrified of hurting myself again) and now we have an appointment on Monday.
I want to point out that during this four-year healing process, the most useful modality I found was the myofascial release, which of course doctors consider quackery. (Coincidentally, the cheapest!) The swelling in my ankle is almost gone, which is something I never thought could happen, and my foot, leg and hip feel much more stable — which is why I feel ready to start moving again, albeit slowly and carefully.
But if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past four years, it’s that you really do have to take responsibility for your own health. If doctors don’t have a slam-dunk solution in their bag of tricks (medication and/or surgery), or if they try the steroid shots, surgery, etc. and you’re not getting better, they will tell you you’re probably not going to get any better and you just have to learn to live with it.
In some cases, they might be right. But if I’d listened to them, I’d still be crawling across the living room floor, pulling myself up with my arms. Don’t be passive. There are solutions out there, you have to find them for yourself.
I’ve also learned how interrelated all this stuff is. You really can’t just treat the symptoms, you’re just chasing the pain. The original massage therapist I saw said my right hip down was pulled down so I needed a chiropractor; the chiropractor said I’ll need to keep getting my hip straightened out for the rest of my life.
But the myofascial worker said, “You have a long, connected chain of deep knots from your ankle to your hip which is contracting the muscles, and when we free that up, your hip should be a lot more stable.” Which seems to be working.
I’ll keep you posted.