I have been complaining about the pain in my butt six months ago. It was the pain I experienced in the middle of the buttock and it gave me trouble when I run, but became more pronounced every time I do stretching exercises or when I bend forward with legs straight. The pain persisted despite having a regular massage or doing stretching exercises.
Then a fellow blogger Bob aka Cruise Control recommended to try Active Release Techniques (ART) by coach PJ Rivera. Bob shared how his eighty-plus-year old Mom benefitted from the therapy session of coach PJ. There’s no harm in trying.
I, together with fellow running blogger Jared aka Supladong Irish Runner, decided to try ART last month. I thought it was my hamstrings that was causing the pain the whole time! Well, my sciatic nerve was the main culprit. Sciatica is a leg pain, which might feel like a bad leg cramp or a shooting pain that makes stretching impossible for the affected leg. I think, in my case, what caused it was prolonged sitting in the office. My bad. So glad I have my Fitbit tracker now to remind me to move.
Will not go to specifics on how my sciatica was treated, but I did cry a bit (no tears, of course). So what is ART? It is a method to treat problems that involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves so one can perform better. Really thankful to Bob for suggesting it. The results are remarkable. I can bend and reach my toes now, my running stride is back, and I look forward to my upcoming ART session again. Introducing me to ART couldn’t be better! Super thanks coach PJ!
For more information and other details about ART, you may visit Active Release Techniques Philippines Facebook page.
About coach PJ Rivera and ART
First, he’s an International Triathlon Union (ITU) Level 2 Coach. He is a certified provider of ART in the country for about two years now. He’s into sports at a very young age (since six). Chess and Yaw Yan martial arts are his first two sports. He has done running, powerlifting, dragon boat, triathlon, mixed martial arts or MMA, and more martial arts. He has been part of the track teams of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong in high school and University of the Philippines Diliman.
Second, he has won multiple medals in track in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Because of his active lifestyle, he suffered injuries left and right—pulled his hamstrings ten times and hurt his elbow, knees, shoulder, and ankles. He also broke his back in an accident. With so many injuries, he was also getting a lot of rehab. Though he was getting fixed, the fixed area felt weak. Because of this, he told himself, “there must be a better way to treat [my] injuries.“
In his pursuit of a better treatment, he bumped into ART. Actually the person who treated coach PJ told him about ART. Next thing he did was flying to the States to study ART. The rest is history.