”The pain was so bad I didn’t want to run anymore”
By Liam Daly, Course Leader and Practitioner in Midleton and Clonakilty, Co Cork.
We all know running can be great for your health. But if your body isn’t used to training or you are over training did you know this can put extra stress on your adrenal glands causing injury type symptoms?
If your body isn’t used to training or you are over training did you know this can put extra stress on your adrenal glands causing injury type symptoms. Often if you are already under stress, exercising can lead to long-term fatigue, pain and low energy. For athletes or regular runners, this can mean lower performance levels and slower times.
Other factors can contribute to this too for example food intolerances, excess caffeine, stress at work. With it being a New Year and a lot of people getting back into running and setting goals to run marathons I felt it important to share my experience
I ran my first full marathon in Cork in on the June bank holiday Monday in 2015. I was absolutely over the moon to complete such a feat and looked forward to doing it again in the future, such was the incredible feeling I got from it. Not long afterwards, however, my dreams seemed to begin to unravel and I started to wondering would I run again. I started to develop discomfort in the sole of my left foot, my heel felt swollen and sore, it seemed to ease when I moved around but if I sat down for a long period or first thing in the morning, the pain would be back to square one again. I put it down to over training after running the marathon and incorrect footwear, so I rested and bought new shoes.
No luck. So I did what any self-respecting runner would do, and consulted Dr. Google!! I outlined my symptoms, backed up by a few friends who were knowledgeable runners, and it turned out that I was suffering from a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, a very common problem with runners.
I wondered how long it would take to recover, so I used all the recommended ‘remedies’ like new footwear, stretches, creams and other things. Although it eased somewhat, the problem still persisted and my motivation to run, knowing that one run might cause a week of pain, was diminishing all the time. But then I tried Kinesiology to treat my symptoms and start to look was there an underlying condition to my symptoms.
How Kinesiology helped.
When studying Kinesiology, we learn that we can balance a muscle by increasing flow of Lymphatic fluid to the muscle, to strengthen and balance that area and very often bring relief from pain. Incredibly, I had the tools or recovery at my disposal all along!!
Through Systematic Kinesiology, I discovered that I had Adrenal Fatigue, and these little glands that sit at the top of my kidneys were causing all my pain. I knew from learning how to balance muscles that massaging the reflexes for the adrenal glands, sends lymph to the Sartorius muscle, a big muscle running the length of the upper leg and over the knee, which connects to the calf, and on to the ankle and the sole of the foot. So I started to balance this area and taking the right nutrition to support the muscle.
Within about 10 days, this problem in my foot was gone!! I was absolutely amazed and delighted. It had been lingering for over a year and now I had total relief!! I was able to run with freedom again.
A visit to a Systematic Kinesiologist this year to simply balance up those muscles and treat any niggles you may be feeling could be the answer to your good health all year long.
If you feel that you are suffering from similar symptoms you can make some changes:
- Caffeine. Giving up caffeine is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
- Reduce Training. Cutting back on your training for a few months is a good idea too. By ending the constant stimulation of your adrenal glands, you will allow them to recover from their depleted state.
- A Balanced Diet. A balanced and nutritious diet, and an evaluation of any other stressors in your life (work stress, financial stress) that can be improved or eliminated.
Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome, or a collection of symptoms, that usually results from chronic stress. Fatigue is the major symptom, but patients typically experience several others. These can include insomnia, food cravings, headaches, dizziness, a feeling of being frequently overwhelmed, and much more. We all tend to react differently, and the variability in these symptoms often makes it difficult for a doctor to fit together the pieces of the puzzle.
A Kinesiologist will use a more holistic approach that is often used in integrative medicine. It means looking at all aspects of a patient’s life. This creates a much better opportunity to see how things like diet, exercise, and stress might be contributing to poor health.
To learn more from Liam, hear him speak at a FREE Health & Wellness event this month.
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