August 20, 2012 Knee pain. It's a bitch. Can't squat. Can't kneel. Can't take the stairs. Can't shoot a jumper from the left wing. Can't do any of those things without pain.
Normal people with insurance go see their doctor, who subsequently gives them a prescription for inflammation pills and sometimes refers them out to a physical therapist.
Several years ago, this was my predicament. And after the myriad doses of pills and all those daily exercises and stretches encouraged by the physical therapist, I finally recovered. In about 3 months!
Fast forward to July 2012. Another similar nagging knee pain. I went to Costa Rica and couldn't partake in practically any adventure activities. And of those that I did, like ziplining and learning to salsa, I was just aggravating my already aching knee. I kept complaining about it and blamed it on the treadmill that MUST HAVE caused it. My sister pleaded that I go see a doctor.
So obviously, I ignored her advice. And it occurred to me that I can fix this myself. Just find a trigger point therapy diagram. Identify the pain areas in my knee. Locate the trigger point. Apply pressure until it releases. And voilà! Knee pain gone. Disappeared like a David Copperfield magic trick. Amazing!
Yes, we need doctors. Yes, we need pharmacists.
But, for muscular aches and pains, I would encourage researching the pain and then referring to a Trigger Point Therapy diagram before even considering a doctor. More times than not, you won't even need a physical therapist or massage therapist to help you, as you can perform these techniques on your own, as I did. Be the master of your own body. There is so much information on the Net. All you need to do is a little bit of research, maybe invest in a tennis ball or therapeutic tool that you can buy from Amazon.com for less than $20, and you'll have your own Do-It-Yourself kit. It's easy, quick, economical, and extremely gratifying!
I oftentimes hear wisecracks from people when I tell them I'm a massage therapist.
"How do you focus on giving a good massage when a really hot chick comes in for a massage?"
"Do you massage a lot of dudes too?"
And my favorite..."Do you give happy endings?"
You'd be surprised by how often I hear these types of comments. I'm practically immune to them now. The way Kobe is immune to insults from the media at the press conference. Some people just don't know. They can't think beyond a certain point and open their eyes.
There's a world of opportunity out there. It's because I am a massage therapist that I learned about things like trigger point therapy and other cool healing techniques. My Accenture Senior Manager actually called me homeopathic a couple weeks ago. And to an extent, I probably am. But there's a reason for it. It works! So my advice is simple: don't underestimate the powers of natural healing.
Now please excuse me. I have to get back to some work. I'm about to go breakdancing through this Excel spreadsheet.