I went for an easy stroller run this morning, but the sun was shining so hot already that I don’t think any activity would have really been very easy. My calf and shin have felt a little tight, but I knew that I was getting dry needling done today, so I took a risk and ran instead of biking. I’ll cross train easy tomorrow in preparation for my long run on Sunday.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on dry needling (here). It has been a really effective tool for me. I’ve only been trying it for the last few months when things start to get tight, but it’s produced better results than getting massages. I have been needled for both a tight hamstring and for shin splints. I found quicker results with the hamstring, but I think that is because my calves are just SO TIGHT and it’s caused inflammation around the tendon.
I’ve been rolling, massaging, and wearing compression socks and tape to try to help speed up this recovery, and it’s all helped, but I’m not free of all pain yet. I feel confident that I’ll get to San Francisco healthy, but then I want to be able to start training for my next goal race, and I would like all nagging pains to be gone. As much as I hate for things to slow me down, this has been a blessing in disguise because it has helped open my mind about other forms of training, and growth is always a great thing.
Have you ever had dry needling done? Did it help?