Hey everyone,I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far.
This week’s injury report I would like to start it off by telling you guys a hypothetical story, one that we all have been in, don’t worry it won’t be a long one but it will be a familiar one.
It is a lovely spring day that you are walking on the street with your friends to eat on a patio for the first time since old man winter showed his nasty ugly head. You are walking closest to the street curb and you are so engaged in dialog and so excited that the weather is so nice that you take a misstep and the foot nearest to the street slips off the curb. You fight to not to fall by slamming your angled foot on the street and grab the friend nearest you. When you gathered yourself, you feel a warm sensation in your ankle, and you just know that you have just sprained or “twisted” your ankle. You tell yourself that it’ll be fine in a couple days and the pain will go away eventually. What you don’t realize is that once the swelling and pain have gone away the sprain hasn’t been dealt with.
You see your body will compensate while you are hurt to tighten other muscles around the joint that is hurt and relax the muscles that have had trauma on so that they can heal. Once they are healed (no more pain), this is part that most people don’t fully understand how to do properly, you need to strengthen them to “take the load off” of the over worked muscles during the healing process.
Now on to ankle sprains, it is next to impossible to give you a definitive answer as to which muscles have been “turned off” due to the trauma, as there are over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligament that surround the ankle and foot. So, for me, or anyone for that matter, to say it’s the Peroneus Brevis that is the problem without proper testing is a load of crap. All we can do is simply test the joint to see if it can maintain load when placed on it if not, then we must strengthen that joint in that specific position and application of force so that it can maintain strength there.
How do we do it?
Simply put, our specialized training program is designed to find these “turned off” muscles and introduce load to it so we can see if it maintains the position that it is in. If it cannot, we then introduce an isometric hold in that position, and then we test again. To find out more about this special program contact us to start your trial with us. OK enough of the shameless plug, on with the post.
Like I had said earlier, your body is the greatest compensator in the world. It will do whatever it takes to keep you upright and moving. The problem lies when the pain goes away. The muscles that turned off stay off, the muscles that needed to do more work keep doing more work. It does not go back to its normal state by itself. Which, later, leads to other problems that can range from headaches to lower back issues.
Headaches, from your ankle?
Well, yes, think about it. If the tension from your ankle sends a signal to your brain to tighten, then your brain also must send signals to your knee, hip, spine, shoulder, head and neck to compensate to keep you upright and moving. It will tighten some muscles and relax others for this to happen. Hence, if you some extra tension in your trap (for example) a headache can in sue. Again, this is just an example and it does not always follow this path.
I hope you have found this informative and the next time you sprain your ankle make sure to keep it strong after the pain has gone away.