geting there, where is there ?
it might be hurting less and less but the colour confirms an actual tear, which will take time to heal properly - how long I don't know. Then there will be scar tissue, which creates a vulnerability. Scar tissue will need to be worked out by some deep massage over time.
lots of patience
Good point. "There" is able to run freely without pain again. It isn't free of vulnerability to further tears, and perhaps it should be.
Although you are certainly right about massage, the reality is that I'm too old and busy to go for massages. Do you think its worth investigating self-massage? I never quite understood how rubbing, pushing and prodding muscles to break down scar tissue could be more helpful than just running - which I presume favours the "correctly aligned" fibres and breaks the "wrongly aligned" ones. I assume stretching does something similar.
May just be showing complete ignorance here, but I like to understand the "why" as well as the "what".
At the very least, a foam roller would help, and five to ten minutes at home can make a big difference. Just be careful of overdoing the massage; if you're breaking down micro-tears, they need (just a little) time to heal before you hammer them again.
"run freely without pain" - please explain this concept
"Run freely without pain". I think I have managed that about 5% of the time over the past 17 years.
For massage you should see Bob Cockburn, 0131 332 2014. £15 an hour, lives a 20min bike ride away. Entertaining chat, and a good deal of useful physio-style guesswork as to what you have wrong and what exercises might help. Totally indiscretion - we've often made up trotter gossip to give to Bob, just to see how far it gets...
for £15 an hour massage I would fly from New York :)
Just get well, Graeme, Would you!
Hey Greg: you dont need an excuse, just come on over!