Sorry you are feeling frustrated again, it is such a roller coaster of progress, pain & emotion! :rolleyespink:
I have only had two appointments for rolfing, it's usually done about one time a month, giving some time for the body to make it's own adjustments after the appointment. I found both appointments to be helpful in allowing me to walk more normally in terms of my knee function (they bend normally after an appointment) and also feeling like I'm more centered on my feet (instead of walking on the outer sides of my feet) .
However, I will say that the knee stuff reverts back after a few days -- and I'm sure a lot of my gait & stride problems are a result of bad habits that arise from both atrophy of my muscles and discomfort in various places (SI joint, groin, quadricep muscles & my knee too..)
You have been having PT work for a while now, right? I know you said that you are on a break from the gym exercising now -- do you think that you've reached a plateau with PT stuff and need to take a break from that modality for a bit?
I don't know if you ever went back to the discussion that Alex & I were having in the other person's thread about psoas issues but here is something she said towards that end that really rings true for us in our striving towards fitness with the new hip and our CDH physical issues:
"I think your best bet may be to take a couple of recovery weeks to break the cycle. I have a feeling that, if you do that, things will start to settle down and you will be able to move forward again.
Incidentally, recovery is an integral part of athletic training. There is a quote from Chris Carmichael (Lance Armstrong’s trainer) which I like a lot:
“Recovery is part of your training and thinking of it that way helps you remain as committed to recovering as you are to working out.”
In most training plans, every third or fourth week is a low-volume week and a few times per year there is a week or two of no exercise at all. That is what your body needs in order to continue to build fitness and it applies to world-class athletes, as well as us mere mortals. You aren’t going to lose any of your fitness gains by taking a short break and I think it might be to your benefit. "
My OS is also big on not over-therapying new hips, rest is a very important part of our recovery process. I think this may be more so for us with all the physical adjustments that our bodies are trying to make in response to a dramatic change in our geometry.
I have not found the answer on the lift yet either. If you take a PT break you could spend some time trying out different in-shoe lifts to see if anything feels better -- maybe something from the local store (do they have Dr. Scholls products there?) I'd suggest full sole, not just the heel cookie type. I just do my experimenting around the house -- I don't go out and about in anything yet.
Onward we go, my friend