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Sport Performance Care for the Runner at RAK Chiropractic
October 24th, 2010 · No Comments
Substantially decreases healing time
Treats the root cause of the injury
Improves athletic performance
Sport performance care acts to improve an athlete’s performance. Difficult training regimes, repetitive motions (swimming, running, cycling, skating, swinging, lifting etc.), and overworked muscles all place a great deal of stress on an athlete’s body. Subtle or gross changes in the physiology of an athlete’s body can have tremendous impact on the time and effort required to perform an activity, and help the athlete recover from such training regimes and repetitive motions.
A common problem that runners may suffer from is Achilles Tendonitis. The Achilles Tendon joins the heads of the gastrocnemius and solues muscles (calf muscles), and the tendonitis if most often caused by the tissues anteriorly. If this does not get dealt with it may turn into a chronic condition known as Achilles Tendonosis that requires a lot more time and work to correct.
Another common symptom of runners is Plantar Fascitis. Most commonly it is the tissues underneath the fascia that are the root of the problem. This can occur from bio-mechanical or training flaws such as over pronation, flat feet, a tight Achilles Tendon, a high arched foot, or a sudden increase in training mileage.
Not only can these and others (Shin Splints, ITB Syndrome, Runners Knee) cause local pain, but can alter your body bio-mechanically causing more problems elsewhere. This will make your body less effective and efficient.
Even though physical training factors can be modified, the bio-mechanical restrictions that have been created in the athletes body are seldom addressed. This leads to future injuries, slower recovery time inhibiting the athlete from reaching his or her full performance potential and goals. Looking at this through the Cumulative Injury Cycle, running puts up to an additional 4 times the amount of your body weight of pressure on every tissue and joint within your body. If you have just one thing wrong going on it can escalate in a hurry causing a cascade of events that with further injure your body and hinder your overall performance.
Effective treatment of any soft tissue injury (ligaments, tendons, muscles, fascia and nerves) requires an alteration in tissue structure to break up the restrictive cross-fiber adhesions and to restore normal structure and function to the affected soft tissue areas. This is best achieved from Active Release Techniques (ART®), Graston Technique (GT®) and Trans-Friction Massage (TFM) when combined with Kinesio® Taping.
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