In 1987, when I completed the Boston Marathon, it was my thirteenth marathon. Almost immediately after that race, I began pulling calf muscles in varying parts of the muscles in both legs, though never two pulls at once. I couldn’t run more than three miles at a time without pulling a muscle. It was like my muscles had turned to tissue paper. At that time, I didn’t have enough knowledge or experience to understand the process responsible for these pulls, so I set out to find a physician or therapist who might help me. I searched for eight years, but still couldn’t find an expert physician. I estimate that I pulled my calf muscles up to 70 to 80 times, each pull requiring a two to eight-week period for healing. The best answers I got from the orthopedists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and physiatrists was, “Do you stretch?” Or they asked, “Have you tried taking time off?” I soon realized they were more clueless than I was, so my quest turned into a journey to understand how to prevent the next pull. This happened before access to the Internet, so finding updated and relevant information was a particular challenge.
Although my injuries certainly didn’t compare with someone suffering with terminal cancer, they were certainly choking all the joy out of my life. I was a runner who couldn’t run. There were no other activities or sports that filled this void, and I was beginning to think I would have to settle for less in my life. This was a tough pill to swallow.
Then one day the answer presented itself. I was filling in for a friend who was on vacation, and on his desk I found the resume of a young chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Bonci, who was looking for a job. At the bottom of that resume, I read this line: How to fix injured calf muscles. I immediately called Dr. Bonci and later met with him. Little did I realize it, but the development of our Muscle Management™ Program began with this phone call.
To this day, Dr. Andrew Bonci is still one of the most academically gifted people I’ve ever met. His knowledge and understanding of the trigger point surpasses all other humans. He was a walking genius. Knowing the magnitude of muscular repetitive motion injuries in the workplace and in sports, I immediately connected the dots.