Complex conditions

Tendinopathy (sometimes called chronic tendinitis) is a condition that recent research has changed the way these injuries are treated.  We now give different specific routines for hamstring tendon injures vs rotator cuff shoulder tendinosis.

Plantar fasciopathy (fasciitis) (patient guide) involves heel pain when first walking after sleeping or prolonged sitting.

a 2014 study found myofascial release effective compared to a fake treatment.

a 2014 study found deep calf massage / neural mobilization effective compared to a fake treatment.

video of the best strengthening  exercise,  

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) involves difficulty moving the shoulder up in a sideways direction, and behind the back.  A frozen shoulder can follow a small trauma or no incident at all.  A frozen shoulder will be difficult to raise even if someone else is lifting it. Myofascial release is very effective with this condition if the treatment starts in the 3 to 4 months after onset, or after 9 months post onset.  Two years is generally considered normal for a frozen shoulder to last.

Tennis and golfer’s elbow (patient guide) involves pain on the inside or outside of the elbow usually associated with repetitive use.  Myofascial release works well on these conditions in most cases.  Two random controlled trials demonstrated the effectiveness of ART  and myofascial release for tennis elbow.

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is associated with pain down the outside of the thigh, often just pass the knee. Nothing actually changes the length of this band, but symptom relief is common with ART.  (ITBS and ART)

Shin splints  A common running injury which often bothers young runners.  Shin splints is a general term used to describe exercise-induced pain in the front of the lower legs, or shins.  There are a few different conditions that cause shin splints and myofascial release is always worth trying.