Monday, February 15, 2010

Achilles Tendon Pain

If you search the literature and the internet you'll mostly find recommendations like rest, ice and anti-inflammatories, all useful advice, but, you need to treat the cause as well as the symptoms

The cause of the problem? feet, legs and hips that are out of alignment coupled with a less than perfect foot strike.

At achilles-tendon-pain you'll be able to get a copy of the 'Fix Achilles Tendonitis, Calf and Shin Pain' ebook in which I make every effort to help you work out which parts of your body are out of alignment. Having done that I provide you with strategies to get them back into alignment.

For instance if your feet are out of alignment you may need to spend time squaring off your pelvis and hips. If your pelvis is tilted back, rotated around or one hip is lower than the other the effect on your legs could be quite dramatic. Every time you walk, jog or run you put more pressure on one leg than the other. You predispose yourself to lower leg injuries.

If there is anything that sets my book apart from others it is the advice (and exercises) I give you to help you square your pelvis and hips up.

In fact I'm going to suggest you spend some time each evening doing the same sort of exercises that I'd suggest to my clients with back, hip and knee pain.

I recommend you find out whether you're lop sided by standing on a pair of scales.

This will provide you with more clues about why you're persistently tearing muscles on one side of your body, as well as clues to which exercises you need to do to square yourself up. which exercises to do.

If you have Achilles tendonitis, calf or shin pain there's a good chance your foot strike is not quite right. I suggest ways you can go about finding out exactly what's happening as your feet strike the ground..

Don't even think of compromising on shoe quality. I provide you with advice about getting the right running show for your feet.

There are recommendations in the book that you may not have heard of and which could just make the difference between you fixing yourself up quickly or still having Achilles, calf and shin pain for another 12 months.

Imagine what that's going to do to your training program?

I'll let you in on a secret. There is synergy in involving a range of treatments and therapies. There is no one fix. There is a high likelihood that you'll benefit from the combined effect of the small gains you get from a wide range of modalities.

And another secret, from someone who's had Achilles tendonitis, calf and shin pain: constant icing and constant dorsi-flexing.

The therapies will help speed up the rehab process - no doubt about that: - physio, chiro, massage and bowen therapy.

Anti-inflammatories will help 'cool' it down, remove the pain and speed up the rehab process, but don't think for a moment that because the pain has gone away you've fixed the cause of the problem. You've masked it.

If you're taking anti-inflammatories don't even think of putting undue pressure on the injury, you'll only make it worse - without you knowing it. Don't go out running as though its better. If you do you'll be back where you started quick smart.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and move heaven and earth to square yourself up and remove the cause of your Achilles tendon, calf and shin pain.

John Miller

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