“Well, you’re not 16 years old anymore, Chris.”
The first time I heard that I couldn’t believe my ears. I still felt like I was but the body was beginning to tell me otherwise.
Aches and pains have always been a part of my life. Playing a variety of sports growing up and then living a pretty active lifestyle as an adult, there always seems to be an issue somewhere on your body. Oftentimes I would try to find a solution on my own and just kind of deal with it. The problem with that is when you don’t find the right solution to the problem, you end up compensating for it elsewhere. For example, an issue at the ankle could work its way up your body and cause a knee problem. A knee problem could lead to a hip problem. A hip problem could lead to a lower back problem…and so on. The body is one big chain. One weak link in the chain could cause serious problems down the road.
I have been experiencing tightness in the muscles surrounding my left hip for years. I had a sciatic nerve issue about eight years ago, and since that point the left side has always been a little bit tighter. I have tried tons of methods to feel better. Hot yoga, massage, soft-tissue work, etc., but nothing has seemed to work. It was time to find some alternative therapy. This led me to Saucon Valley Acupuncture (click here for their Facebook page), located in Hellertown, Pa. As I was walking into this place, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous.
After checking out a few brochures and photos in the lobby, I met with owner Warren Miles. To put it simply, Warren is a man who takes his work seriously and wants everyone moving and feeling better. He has years of learning and practice in how to make the body function to the best of its ability. He, himself, has suffered a series of injuries that led him to where he is today. Using a combination of rolfing (which is a form of soft tissue work that reorganizes the fascia throughout your entire body), acupuncture and a few other techniques, Warren went to work on my body.
After an initial screening procedure, he was able to identify a cause to my ailment. It was no more “band-aid” solutions–Warren was going to treat what was needed! I spent 25-35 minutes getting the surrounding area of my left hip worked on. There were muscles that needed to be “released” in areas that you just can’t do on your own. Sometimes, you just need to find yourself an expert in the field and take advantage of what they have to offer. That is what I did with Warren. To those who may be experiencing some pain or discomfort, who can’t seem to find the right treatment, I would highly recommend Saucon Valley Acupuncture. I will be back there again. Afterall, I am not 16 anymore!
Chris Fluck is a 2004 graduate of Saucon Valley High School and former high school football and wrestling coach. Currently, Chris is the owner of C. Fluck Training. He is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
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