Athletes and Pain
Having a largely athletic clientele has not only brought me a greater understanding of the demands that various athletic pursuits place on the human body, but it has also provided me with a much greater understanding of the psyche of the high-level, highly driven athlete. Simply put, excessive drive can be damaging to your health. How can this be when exercise is supposed to be good for us? It happens when "pushing through the pain" involves more than just pushing hard. Be careful to analyze exactly what type of pain you are feeling. It is normal and even desirable (in highly driven athletes) to feel the burn of exercise and the "pain" that goes along with it. Heaving lungs, burning legs, the charge of endorphins and adrenaline - all of it makes us feel "alive", but when athletes start ignoring the pain of joint compression, they are headed for trouble, often big trouble. Ignoring knee pain may mean a new p.b. today, but debilitating arthritis by age 60 or 70.
How can we still lead active lives and avoid this type of damage? The first key is in restoring and maintaining the natural resiliency of the body. One of the primary functions of fascia is to absorb impact - this can only occur if we remain flexible. Stretching following a workout goes a long way toward preventing injury, however it is not sufficient when treating past or existing ones. The inflammation associated with injury will always lead to the production of scar tissue which robs us of flexibility; injury also leads to compensation which will alter normal biomechanics. Fascial Restructuring(TM) offers a solution by not only releasing adhesions left behind by old traumas, but by removing the adhesion that occurs naturally when we push our bodies hard. The result is FASTER recovery! When it comes to injury, there are 2 possible cases - the macro or traumatic type (examples include serious ankle sprains, cycling crashes or car accidents) or the micro-trauma/repetitive strain type common in athletes who push hard. Both can lead to tendinitis, excessive muscular soreness, joint degradation and a gradual or sudden decrease in performance. If your body is too "tight", then it will be unable to absorb shock effectively, the end result being "itis"-type injuries and/or excessive wear of articular surfaces during athletic pursuits. Those who have had severe injuries in the past will be subjecting their bodies to the most serious damage as an imbalance already exists. This situation will usually manifest itself as one side of the body always hurting more - a knee, a calf, a foot, a hip, a shoulder, even a whole side of the body! On the other hand, increasing duration or intensity too quickly in an exercise program will lead to those injuries commonly associated with athletic pursuits. Those who may have developed knee pain, plantar fasciitis or chronic lower back stiffness and continue to train will be causing themselves further damage and compensatory problems down the road.
The Performance Guarantee
Fascial Restructuring(TM) effectively removes adhesion at every level, from tendons, ligaments, muscular structures, periosteum (bone fascia) and gets the body as close as possible to its pre-injury state. This sets the stage for IMPROVED PERFORMANCE by allowing better range-of-motion, less pain, better shock absorption and greater efficiency of muscular contraction. It eliminates the need for compensation, and restores alignment to the pelvis and spine, making you feel YOUNGER! Additional benefits include increased lungpower by releasing the diaphragm - your primary muscle of respiration, a longer running or skating stride, and optimized cellular function, especially with respect to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. There is a very strong science behind the concepts and techniques of FR(TM) and I am happy to educate and answer questions. I also guarantee results when it comes to athletic performance. If you are suffering the effects of injury, have tried countless other therapies with limited success and are looking for a true solution, there is a very good chance that Fascial Restructuring(TM) will be able to help.