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Running Injury Treatment

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports (such as running) are all too common.

The more commonly injured areas of the body with running are the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor before undertaking such activities.

We are different with our treatment in that we treat not only the joint component of injuries, but also the soft tissues, scar tissue, and adhesions in the soft tissues that contribute to pain a lot of the time.

Although bones can sometimes be fractured with running injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.  When these injuries happen, the bodies natural way to deal with soft tissue injuries is to lay down scar tissue (adhesion) and adhere soft tissue structures together thus creating more load for other structures. This creates more dysfunction, injury, weakness and scar tissue to form until the body has no other structures to load and starts to produce pain.

The most common running injuries we see are:

•  Achilles Tendonitis
•  Adhesions
•  Ankle injuries
•  Back pain/injuries
•  Cumulative Trauma injuries
•  Foot pain/injury (Plantar Fascitis)
•  Gait imbalances
•  Hip pain
•  Ilio Tibial (IT) Band syndrome
•  Impingement syndromes
•  Joint dysfunctions
•  Knee pain
•  Muscle pulls or strains
•  Myofascitis
•  Nerve Entrapment
•  Patellar Tendonitis
•  Repetitive strain injuries
•  Repetitive Motion Injuries
•  Scar tissue formation
•  Sciatica
•  Shin splints
•  Shoulder pain
•  Tendonitis
•  Weight lifting injuries

We treat a wide variety of pain, including types that are not listed in this area of our website.  If you can’t find any information related to your pain on our website, please contact our office by clicking the link below.  Scar tissue can form in muscles without injury and can cause pain in many different areas.

Dr. Lambert started out in practice in 1999 being certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) Soft Tissue Treatment to treat soft tissue injuries.  He has over 19 years of experience with ART and is one of the only biomechanics trained ART doctors in Michigan.

In 2012 Dr. Lambert started his certification with Integrative Diagnosis (ID) and has progressed to Level 5 (full body) certified in the ID system of the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion.  Integrative Diagnosis is a complete therapy system for determining what is exactly wrong.  Once the diagnosis is made,we choose the best non-invasive treatment to remove scar tissue, either Manual Adhesion Release (MAR) and/or Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR). 

Maggie (our massage therapist) also started her certification in with ID in spring of 2016 and has progressed to level 5 (full body) certified.  This has enabled her to provide even better clinical excellence to her patients and address more specific soft tissue injuries like Dr. Lambert.

Integrative Diagnosis revolutionized the treatment of soft tissue conditions.  Our office uses these soft tissue techniques to localize and remove scar tissue. The treatment is done exclusively with the provider’s hands or the Instrument Adhesion Release tool.

The steps to removing scar tissue or adhesion in the soft tissues are as follows:

  •     Provider uses their hands to locate the scar tissue or entrapments.
  •     The provider tensions the scar tissue with their hands or the IAR instrument.
  •     Patient moves the specific body part in a series of proven positions to lengthen the muscle, tendon, or nerve.
  •     Tension is generated on the scar tissue, causing it to break down and ultimately be absorbed by the body.

This procedure can restore normal strength, flexibility, and movement, eliminating pain and improving the performance of the muscle.

If you would like more information on how we can help with your soft tissue injuries please call us or email us at info@dchiro.com

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