Treating Overuse Injuries with Active Release Techniques
Few things are more rewarding than pushing your physical and mental limits. For athletes, this is the ultimate goal, to do today what you could not do yesterday. To achieve this, you must bring determination, sacrifice, and perseverance to your training regimen. However, when you push yourself too hard, you might be putting yourself in harms way. Overuse injuries are all too common for athletes and are the result of improper training and technique. Although the best way to avoid overuse injury is to rest when pain arises, sometimes it’s too late and an injury has already occurred. In order to treat these injuries, Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery provides a state of the art treatment known as Active Release Therapy.
Causes of Overuse Injuries
An overuse injury is any type of muscle or joint injury resulting from repetitive trauma. The most common overuse injuries are tendinitis and stress fractures, and they typically occur in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, shins, and back. One of the main culprits of overuse injury is errors in training. When an athlete overexerts their body during their training regimen, their muscles and ligaments are put under extreme stress that requires rest. However, athletes often fight through this pain thinking it is nothing more than a minor set back. When this occurs, they put themselves at risk of an overuse injury. Errors in technique are also a leading cause of overuse injuries in athletes. When form is compromised during a difficult training session, certain muscles may be overloaded, which overtime can lead to overuse injuries.
Although overuse injuries can happen to anyone, certain factors like medical conditions and age can increase their probability. Over use injuries have also been a rising problem for children who train year-round for their sport. This is due to a lack of rest between training sessions and improper technique. Before you or your child begins any training regimen, it is highly recommended to consult a medical professional to ensure the body can handle the new stress it will undergo.
Active Release Therapy
At Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery, one way we treat overuse injuries is through Active Release Therapy(ART). ART is a state of the art soft tissue system and movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Most overuse injuries result in headaches, back pain, tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, shin spots, knee problems, and shoulder pain. ART is designed to safely and effectively treat these pains, allowing athletes to get back to what they love faster.
Depending on your specific overuse injury, your ART session will be unique. The session will include a combination of an examination and treatment. The examination begins with an evaluation of the texture, tightness, and movement of your muscles, facia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Once the source of your pain has been discovered, the ART provider will develop a unique treatment for your injury. ART includes over 500 specific moves that treat overuse injuries. This helps ART providers give a highly personalized treatment for your specific injury. In fact, if you receive multiple ART treatments, it will feel unique each time as your condition will call for a unique treatment approach.
We understand that as an athlete you want to push yourself to your physical limits. If you find you have pushed yourself too hard, consult our trained professionals to learn about Active Release Therapy and how we can get you back on the playing field. Fighting through minor pain is a part of any athletic activity, but if your symptoms don’t go away after a few days, it’s time to receive medical treatment.
About the Author:
Dr. Kevin Christie is a Chiropractic Physician and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in Miami, FL at Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Recovery where he treats college athletes, as well as professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, and NHL. Dr. Christie was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Board of Athletic Trainers as the Chiropractic Advisor. He is also part of the IRONMAN® Provider Network through A.R.T., which sets up a treatment tent for every IRONMAN event to provide treatment to IRONMAN athletes.