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Treat the Cause not the Symptom; Part 3
|Posted on 14 September, 2018 at 3:18||comments ()|
That Ankle Sprain affected more then just your ankle...
The Foot and Ankle in my opinion are severely under appreciated in there impact on our body, especially when it comes to restoring normal biomechanical function after an injury. Current orthopedic data estimates that there are 25,000 ankle injuries each day in the US alone. Of that 80% are inversion (supinated) ankle sprains, that's 20,000 a day and unfortunately back in 1995 I was a victim of a sprained ankle.
So what is the big deal, it was just a sprained ankle and it will heal right?
Well everyone I've ever talked with that's sprained an ankle did the same thing as I did to recover. Remember that fancy acronym RICE...Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. That's what I did and for rehab, well all I did was wear a soft brace and pop anti inflammatories when I continued to play sports.
According to Dr. Gary Gray PT (founder of The Gray Institute and developer of Applied Functional Science) has stated that RICE for an ankle sprain is the worst thing any PT can prescribe for recovery. Dr. Gary Gray through his work has found that restoring eversion (pronation) is critical for improving normal biomechanical function and the prevention of injuries and orthopedic changes in the joints above the ankle.
After my ankle sprain back in 1995 it took only 4 years before I started to develop knee issues on the same leg as the sprained ankle. When I started personal training in 2001 I learned that the issues I had was called patella tendinitis or runners knee pain. I also learned that I needed to stretch my lateral quad, IT band, TFL and strengthen my glute med to get rid of my symptoms...ha ha ha ha. Did you get that, get rid of my symptoms. But what's causing those muscles to be tight in the first place???
So that's what I did and yes it got better but it would come back and I've had a few major flare ups while playing sports since then. Sound familiar?
So what does the ankle sprain have to do with this?
Earlier this year I was taking some courses from the Gray Institute and the knowledge I've gained from it has not only transformed my leg but also my approach with clients and its made a profound impact on improving my clients lives.
So here is what I learned...
If your reading this I want you to quickly stand up and just take a short walk about 10-20 feet and pay attention to where your weight is resting on your feet as you walk. Then come back and continue reading.
If you noticed that your weight is on the outside of your feet then your foot is in inversion (supination) which is the same position as a sprained ankle but most likely not as extreme. In my case the ankle I sprained back in 1995 is still stuck/locked in this position while my other foot is able to evert (pronate).
With the foot/ankle in a position of inversion (supination) the chain reaction up the body causes the lower and/or upper leg bones to externally rotate and potentially causing the hip to externally rotate as well. Consequently those bones that are externally rotated will be limited in their ability to internally rotate during ankle/knee/hip bending (flexion) movements such as walking, running, lunging, squatting etc. The restriction to internally rotate will reduce the muscles ability to lengthen and load (eccentrically load) properly thereby causing the muscles to tighten up.
When I learned this I realized that my daily routine of rolling out my outer quad/IT band and TFL which by the way were tight as steal and sore as heck, was only treating the symptoms caused by my sprained ankle over 20 years ago.
So what is the treatment?
It's super simple, restore the foot and ankles ability to evert (pronate) with exercises/movements/stretches. If your unable to get a few sessions with a movement therapist/PT that understands this such as myself, a place to start is by standing on 1 leg and focus on using your big toe to push into the ground a little bit. If your getting in/out of a chair, push the big toe into the floor. Now this is not the optimal approach or thing to do but its better then nothing until you can get in with a professional for an assessment/evaluation and proper exercises.
PS. going out and getting an orthotic is not the answer, they are a tool designed to help the foot when the foot and ankle are not able to function. Do everything you can to restore foot/ankle functioning first.
I hope you found this to be helpful...
remember - "if you can move better, you will feel better"
Should I Stretch after Exercise
|Posted on 19 February, 2017 at 1:20||comments ()|
—most definitely you should for a few reasons.
When you workout whether it's going for a quick run, bike ride, exercise class, lifting weights or playing a game your putting the muscles under stress by contracting them.
This causes the muscles to fill with blood, produce lactic acid (by product of muscle contraction), micro tears, inflammation and causes increased tension on the body as a whole. Now I'm sure all of us want a fit & tight body but having excessive tightness is not good because it restricts the bodies ability to move easily and freely.
So by stretching your body and the muscles you just worked has many benefits such as;
• Faster recovery
• Reduced muscle soreness
• Helps slow down heart rate
• Restores normal muscle length/tension
• Maintains normal muscle function
• Helps maintain good posture
• Makes you feel good
Now if your uncertain how to stretch properly or you just need that extra help being committed to stretching you could sign up for a yoga class or get a massage. But with me being a flexibility coach/therapist, I'd recommend getting stretched by myself or another certified flexibility therapist. Just saying:)
Age has nothing to do with how your body feels
|Posted on 19 February, 2017 at 0:54||comments ()|
My body aches because I'm old!!!
Does it really though???
Ever since I got into the fitness industry back in 1999 I always hear those few famous words.
" just wait until your my age"
" you can do that because your young"
" I hurt now because I'm old"
" If only I was 30 again"
Well I'm here to give you some good news! Your age is not the reason why your body is in the shape it is in or why you have aches & pains.
The reason or answer to the above statements has more to do with;
1) The neglect that has taken place.
2) Over training or abuse your body has gone through
3) Going to long without knowing that there was or is an underlying issue with your body.
4) I'm too busy to take care of myself.
Let's break this down further;
1) Neglect - this has a number of examples.
2) Abuse - I see this with the weekend warriors, Type A personalities, the New Years resolutions and endurance athletes.
These examples cause more wear and tear to their body then most. They tend to have high pain tolerances and have the go get it done kind of mental attitude. Which is a great trait but they forget that part of the plan to attaining their goal also needs to include rest & recovery. Rome wasn't built in a day!
So after a few months or years of pushing 150% and forgetting about that small little ache it's now grown into a chronic situation but the "I'm not going to let this stop me" mind set is the root of their discomfort & pain.
3) Ignorance - this is the type of situation that slaps you in the face and you never saw it coming but it could have been prevented it. All it takes is going and getting your body worked on and not forgetting that yes your head does sit on top of a body and it needs your attention just as much as you focus on work or your life. If you don't, your body will let you know that it's been forgotten about at some point down the road.
4) Time - No I'm not taking about your age but not taking the time out of your busy day to focus on yourself. That's right, it's important to also spend time each day taking care of yourself. I'd say this is a HUGE factor for a lot of people. We are all busy and its easy to skip a meal, a workout, a doctor check up or to start that fitness program we've been taking about for 4 months now. Next thing you know 6 months have past and those extra pounds of fat are still there or the gym clothes still have the dust on them.
It's always that same answer isn't it, "I know...I know...I need to start that!"
Now that I have a child I fully understand how difficult it is to find those extra few minutes to take care of me.
Remember, no one is going to give you that time you need....YOU have to find/make it yourself.
So there are my top 4 reasons why your age may not have anything to do with how you feel. So go make today count and change how you will feel tomorrow.
Stretching - What's All The Hype?
|Posted on 18 February, 2017 at 23:43||comments ()|
Stretching is not just about trying to do the splits, it's about restoring the bodies ability to move. As we go about our daily life's we are constantly moving against gravity and as creatures of habit we tend to do the same things every day. Whether that means sitting at a desk all day, exercising with weights or running every day or standing on your feet all day. As a result of this repetitive motion or lack there of, the body will slowly adapts to what your doing. Some areas will get tighter from the overuse while others may get weaker. Over a period of time this imbalance slowly increases inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissue which disrupts the ability to move freely. A body (whether it's a joint or muscle tissue) under stress is slower to recover and repair from daily life activities then a body free of stress.
So this is where stretching comes in.
By incorporating a daily stretching routine your training the body to be better at recovering and adapting to these stresses. In a way your bring yourself back to center. The other thing about stretching daily is you begin to learn how your body feels from head to toe, you begin to have a better understanding of what's normal tightness and when something is out of balance and needs extra work by a professional such as a chiropractor, massage therapist or a flexibility therapist such as myself.
Should I stretch before working out?
|Posted on 13 August, 2014 at 11:54||comments ()|
Should I Stretch Before
That’s a great question and there are so many opinions out there that say yes you should and more times than not they say no you shouldn’t because current research show that it doesn’t help improve range of motion or reduce your chance of injury.
Well here’s some up to date information for you
Treat the Cause not the Symptom; Part 2
|Posted on 24 March, 2013 at 22:35||comments ()|
Treat the cause Not the symptom
|Posted on 28 December, 2012 at 5:25||comments ()|
You may have gone to a therapist of some kind such as a chiropractor or massage therapist to work it out and it may have subsided for a few days, weeks or months but then it just seems to come back again.
This is what I consider treating the symptom and not the cause. For example. If you think back to high school and there is a bully and the victim, which one complains? The victim right? You never hear about the bully going to their parents or the teacher and telling them about how they abused the other student. Never....It's always the victim telling someone about being picked on by the bully.
I have found that the aches and pains we experience in our body more times then not are no different. For example, neck and shoulder tightness/aches are more times then not the result of stress and strain being placed on them from the front of the body. Mainly the chest muscles (Pec Minor) and/or the hip flexors (Psoas) pulling the upper body into flexion or forward causing the shoulders and arms to round forward and the head to move forward.
As a result the Neck muscles (Levator Scapula), Shoulder muscles (Traps) and Back muscles (Rhomboids) get taut as they are elongated like a rubber band increasing the muscle tension in them. As a result of the constent tension on them they can develop knots or trigger points which can cause referred pain and muscle disfunction, restrict blood flow to the head causing tension headaches, cause bursitis in the shoulder and numbness/tingling in the arms and hands.
To relieve these symptoms and prevent them from coming back I have found that it is best to treat the source of the issues by; Releasing the muscles and tissue that are pulling the body forward into flexion and strengthening the postural muscles to help keep the head and shoulders in a neutral allignment.