Our favorite Chiropractor, Dr. Kathy from Positively Chiropractic is spot on with her latest article. We are all very eager to get outside and ride in this beautiful weather. Just be careful of being over zealous. If you do over train make sure you take care of those aches and pains.
A very common injury that presents itself in our office every spring is Acute Tendonitis of a sport specific muscle group. This happens when a muscle/tendon is suddenly overused, and demanded an increase in power and repetition with inadequate build up to the vastly increased activity. For example, my friends and family of mountain bikers are about to enjoy the many hours of sunny weather and dry trails, following months of unpredictably wet, muddy, and thus closed mountain bike trails. We forget that our arms are not ready for the chronic load we put on our arm muscles as we spend hours and hours riding our mountain bikes in the beautiful dry, spring weather.
This sudden overload will result in a gradual tightening of the muscle groups, which results in friction of the muscles that surround one another. The friction creates inflammation and micro-tearing of the tendon sheath around the muscle. You will see visible signs of swelling and redness over the area of pain, and will feel terrible pain with any use of that muscle, like shaking hands if it is your forearm muscle, or when pulling your toes upward, if its a front lower leg muscle.
How to avoid this? Don’t over train to begin with! Once you get this, how do you treat this? Active Release Therapy(a movement based massage technique that moves the joints above an below the affected muscles), chiropractic adjustments (to restore joint mobility), if possible hourly use of cryotherapy or ICE for the swelling and pain, self massage toward the heart with BIOFREEZE are all highly recommended.
Please ask your chiropractor at POSICHIRO if you feel like you may be experiencing this condition. The sooner you treat this the quicker the recovery.
Lets have a FABULOUSLY active but NOT injury filled Spring!
My best to you all,