Running injuries are commonly attributed to faulty biomechanics, muscle imbalances, improper recovery, overtraining, and errors in training methods. Overtraining can include the “too much too soon” dilemma: somewhere the breakdown occurs due to a joint or muscle that is overworking and this results in tissue overload. This results in pain, inflammation, injury and the inability to run comfortably. Some other causes can be attributed to running on worn-out shoes, the wrong shoes, weakness in certain muscles, and tightness in others.
Although these important aspects of a running program should be addressed, runners may also want to consider the cumulative effect that thousands of repetitive motions have on their bodies with the pounding of running.
You have all heard the advice, “Not listening to our bodies and continuing to run through pain is never a good idea”. Yet, how did the silent problem sneak its ugly head without warning? The clues lie in the cumulative injury cycle and what we now know about repetitive microtrauma. The body will do anything it can to compensate and as a result there can be other areas that then become dysfunctional. Now you have some real problems and your body feels like it is falling apart and not healing. This is very common and now you need some professional help.
Even with good biomechanics and excellent training, runners are always exposed to a great deal of cumulative trauma. As a fellow runner and triathlete for many decades, I understand the cycle well. Like many runners, I have pushed myself over my limits without warning that resulted in injury and inflammation of soft tissues. Even with my knowledge, I have endured injuries that didn’t go away with rest and returned with running. Despite my trying, and listening to all the experts this continued until I found ART-Active Release Techniques®, a patented method that releases restrictions and adhesions in the soft tissues of the body.
There is a solution. Active Release Techniques® (ART)
What is Active Release Techniques? ART is a soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves related to trauma or repetitive use. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions often result from injury to over-used muscles.
Through accurate palpation and mobility testing we can diagnose and treat over 500 muscles and nerve entrapments that occur in the body successfully with ART.
Tight, overworked muscles (and other soft tissues) can become injured in 3 important ways: (1) Acute injuries (pulls, tears, falls, etc.); (2) Cumulative small tears and overuse (micro-trauma); (3) Not getting enough or lack of oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors cause your body to produce dense, tough scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped.
My personal experience: I had full resolution of a torn calf muscle that hampered me for years. It was diagnosed through motion and palpation that adhesions were binding my nerves and this prevented me from increasing my mileage or intensity. After just two treatments it was resolved completely. I was blown away! I lived with this problem after tearing the posterior tibilalis, a deep calf muscle, in a track workout while running Division 1 in cross country while attending CSU, Fresno. It never really went away. For over a decade, I lived with an impairment due to scar tissue and adhesions which impeded my power force production and resulted in frustration- dropping out of marathon and other races due to pain and repeated injury.
This is now my life’s work. I have been instructing ART for over 15 years. I am super grateful I met Dr. Mike Leahy, the creator of ART, and have trained thousands of other DCs and PTs across the globe. I am blessed to work with wonderful colleagues who are dedicated to and getting consistent results for their patients across the US, Canada and Europe.
How I implement ART, and other methods with the right exercises, implemented at the right time is based on twenty years of experience working with athletes. I practice an evidence based model and am critical of what works and what does not, targeted specifically and accurately for your individual problem.
These injuries can be debilitating and result in reduced ability to conduct any physical activities. Traditional treatment techniques often require months to fully resolve injuries to soft tissue and may never get to the source of the problem.
Give us a call, we can help with solutions that work to get you back running with full strides and FIX THE PROBLEM FOREVER!
Tammara Moore, DPT, OCS, ART Instructor