Yet Another Life Changing Discovery-ART!

10 Aug

ART=Active Release Therapy=heaven=my saving grace=on the list of things I can’t live without.

Dr. Ryan Verchota was brought into my life a few months ago from my fellow athletes and friends Dave Grady and Brett Estell (Brett, thank you for pushing me to go see him! Seriously-LC! That’s my new code for life changing=) ) In short, ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Along with that, ART is the gold standard when it comes to creating MOBILITY in joints and tissues of the body. This is where it has helped me the most-my overhead mobility! I had extremely anteriorly rotated shoulders and difficulty getting full range of motion over head-head through the window.  It is night and day from when I first went to see Dr. Ryan. Every time I do shoulder presses, split jerks, OHS, Snatch-anything OH I smile and thank him aloud (if you have ever been in the box you have probably witnessed this).

He also works on my knees a lot.  I have had two ACL reconstructive surgeries (Thank you female body and soccer for those) and I have had issues with my left knee especially ever since.  Again, night and day the flexion I can get in my knee now since he has started working on them. He works on my traps and neck a lot too for tension headaches I was getting and this weird neck pain/immobilizing tightness that has been randomly popping up the last few months (sorry for my not so technical terms-let’s put it this way, it hurts a lot and doesn’t allow me to move to extend my neck or move my ear towards my shoulder=no fun!) So all in all he is a Hero in my book! If you have any of the above issues or anything else going on that inhibits you from performing at your best I highly suggest you go see him! Post in Comments and I’ll give you his information =)

This topic came to mind this morning for two reasons; 1. He is my Friday date-every Friday at 10am I go see him, it makes me day! 2. I am competing this weekend and I was thinking how great I’m going to feel after this morning in preparation for Saturday! So this will be my first competition since Regionals-I am pumped! It is at Crossfit Huntley-Survival of the Fittest. Should be loads of fun =) Alberto and Johnny are also competing and I have some awesome friends/family that are coming out to support as well! It is a different set up than most CF competitions too-1v1 style-wins vs. loses-6 WODS-7 min time caps-sounds fun right?? My kind of fun for sure! If you are looking for a fantastic way to spend your Saturday come cheer us on=)

That is all for today, happy Friday everyone! Thought I’d give you a little throw back picture of me when I was at an overnight soccer camp as a kid-explains so much about me, dancing started at a young age =)

Just a little reminder to HAVE FUN!! Relax, enjoy life-what’s the point of doing the things we do if we aren’t have the time of our lives doing it??

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6 Responses to “Yet Another Life Changing Discovery-ART!”

  1. Emily August 10, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I didnt know you were competing this weekend! Good luck!

  2. Kelly August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Good luck this weekend! And I agree – Dr Ryan (or Dr. Hip Fixer) is AMAZING! He makes me want to cry but I feel so much better afterwards.

    • lmurphy1017 August 10, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks Kelly! And yes, he can be painful at times but always worth it afterwards =)

  3. Liberty August 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Love your hair in that pic murph! I’ve read every post so far. Your voice and spirt come through loud and clear. See you soon

    • lmurphy1017 August 13, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks for the support Liberty! Isn’t my hair awesome? lol priceless-didn’t you used to braid it for soccer too or was that just in the midwest?? =)

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