Anyway, she sent me to Physical Therapy. They taught me how to stretch and exercise those long-neglected muscles. Then after the exercises they gave me massages.
This is not me in the pictures, of course, but this is what I mean by a massage - it hurts! My hubby would say each day, "Did you get a massage?" and when I said "Yes", he would look envious, but I had to tell him that it's not what he was thinking! The therapist would zero in on the spot where the pain is and dig in - OUCH! No mercy!
After the massage they use E Stim. It's electrical stimulation directed at the muscle. It stimulates the muscle to contract and it directs blood flow to the muscle to aid in healing. Sounds odd, I know, and a little creepy, but it works. I had the same treatment a few years ago for my hip ligament from birth trauma.
Between the visits to PT and doing my stretches and exercises at home, I feel like I'm really making progress and I am determined to NOT let things get so out of control again. And I've learned a lesson here. It's more important than ever as I get older to stay flexible and in shape. It's not enough to just watch my weight. It seems that stiffening up and getting out of shape happens more quickly and easily these days :(
So I just ordered a Pilates DVD (recommended by the therapist) and some exercise bands (looks like more fun than weights). I hope I can manage to stick with it! I still have an 11-year-old that I need to keep up with! ;)