Interesting day. I treated one of my professional athletes. In years past, I would have used "x" technique. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what you do as long as it works. I came to a quick conclusion, that their first problem was - super inefficient breath, too much inflammation in one upper leg. I tested the foot strength on the inflamed side pre and post edema removal. After edema removal, foot strength was dead even.
I sent my athlete home with 3 exercises, all based from simple breathing.
I have absolutely no idea how fast he will get better at breathing. I just know that he will be in a higher risk category for injury if he doesn't learn to control his breath.
In my early years as a massage therapist, I knew there had to be a better way to do hands on treatments to make the pain go away and stay away. I was right, but had no idea what it was, where I could learn it, because I had no idea what "it" was even called.
Here is the basic "secrets" to living without pain. Learn to:
2. Move correctly.
3. Breath while you do stuff.
4. Do not move into or through pain.
5. If you already have pain, you probably aren't doing 1-3.
Be Safe out there.