- Jul 24, 2015
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
It didn't feel right but it didn't feel wrong ... if that makes sense.Yeah, it's an odd feeling because, at least for me, it wasn't actually tight, but there was, for want of a better word, a sensation there, and it was in the same spot where I'd previously injured it. I honestly don't know how to explain it better or what to compare it to. I wonder if there's a sports science or physio person around here that maybe can explain the physiology of it.
It just felt like ... something. When normally it was unnoticeable.
I have a mate who was an osteopath, does acupuncture and is a highly qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine (as well as being a mad bastard). He has a really good understanding of anatomy too. Holistically. Ie That little weakness in your left knee will be reflected in the way you hold your body here, here and here and may cause you back and shoulder problems. He kept up with stuff, medical currency and was pretty intent on
His theory of acupuncture is this (he does consider chi as a thing but he works practically and uses western terms when he's describing stuff) - lots of minor injuries are not really noticeable. Tiny tears in muscles especially. He reckons the muscles around those injuries don't relax properly because they are trying to keep the injured fibres or area slack to facilitate their healing instead of allowing them to be exposed to tension that might further exacerbate the injury. This can be a problem. often they sort themselves out but sometimes they don't or something happens to the fibres around the injury trying to take the tension off.
He said it usually is noticeable as a tiny little ball or lump in the muscle. Miniscule but noticeable if you feel for it carefully. He was right too. I found what he was describing regularly and it responds to massage as well. These days I wonder if it'd correspond to what they call a hot spot.
He used to rock up at our local shop, grab a beer or two and hang around in the arvo as we all knocked off work. Then he'd check each of us and give us acupuncture if we had any aches and pains or maybe do some other work or recommend specific exercises. He kept people going up here for years and if he wasn't another mad campaigner from the hills could probably have had a job at any number of professional sporting organisations if he'd wanted. He's on his last legs now and its noticeable how many other people miss work because they can't get the treatment he used to provide.
I used to talk about injuries to him when I was playing footy and ... described what i mentioned upthread. He said hammies and that process I noted above went together and suggested that I might have been noticing that.
Its just an anecdote but i thought it was worth mentioning.