28 Oct Running Injuries and Fascial Manipulation (how my old arm fracture be contributing to my shin splints?)
Most runners have suffered an injury at one time or other and usually with treatment the condition recovers. But what happens if the injury keeps recurring? Or if when one injury recovers another is triggered?
If the problem is not an overtraining issue or a technique issue then maybe Fascial Manipulation technique can help?
Fascial Manipulation technique can help if the fascial/soft tissue system becomes restricted/ blocked due to past injuries or illness anywhere in the body and thus is contributing to the current condition not resolving.
Why? Because the fascia/soft tissue covers every muscle, nerve and organ in the body and its function relies on the fascia being able to slide and glide (all tissues in the body need to be able to slide and glide – nerves/muscles/blood vessels etc and all are invested and surrounded by fascia) and therefore distribute movement and forces throughout the body. If any point is restricted it can cause a ‘block’ at that point and can change the neural activity of the muscle. At these sites there is often a decrease in activation of the blocked segment and often targeted exercises alone are not enough to release the block. Have you ever had a muscle that would never strengthen no matter how many targeted exercises you did for that muscle? Maybe there is a reason? Blocked areas in the fascia can contribute to further injuries or prevent injuries resolving completely or prevents muscles etc from working correctly as they should.
You may well ask, “But how does my old arm fracture or my past appendix operation or my neck injury affect my running? I run with my legs not my arms or neck!”
Running predominantly uses the lower body but it still a whole body activity. Running involves reciprocal arm and leg actions. The opposite latissimus dorsi muscle (largest muscle in the body linking the shoulder to the pelvis) is functionally and anatomically linked with the the gluteus maximus so the forces from your upper limb can be transmitted to your pelvis and legs. Also if you run with your head poked forward it is usually a matter of time before you have running related neck pain or you think running is bad for you because it hurts your neck. Or if a surgery has left scar tissue that pulls on its surrounding fascia that then pulls on the nearby muscle fascia then the abnormal tension from the surgery scar could pull and affect the tensioning in your legs/back/pelvis and thus interfere with your running action causing an injury. The body is ALL CONNECTED and if you have enough ‘blocks’ throughout the body or the block is large enough to affect how the body moves significantly enough an injury can result and more importantly can keep coming back!
Fascial Manipulation takes into consideration, via a series of points like in acupuncture, the current area of injury and other past areas of injury or dysfunction and releases any points found to be contributing to the current condition. This often allows the neural receptors to work better and improve proprioceptive function to allow normal muscle function and thus better movement and less pain.
Once all the areas contributing to the current area of pain/injury have been treated then the injury should resolve and then normal movement patterns will be restored and normal exercises and training can be gradually introduced and this time hopefully not recurring. Then you can hopefully returning to your running routine!
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I look forward to helping you!