If you have any of the above, have you tried Pneumatic Lymphatic Pump Therapy?
One of the most neglected systems of the body is the Lymphatic system. An innovative treatment for chronic pain, foot pain, hip pain, inflammation, neck pain, shoulder pain, & TMJ pain is Lymph Drainage Therapy (DLT). In my office I use state of the art technology called LymphaTouch for DLT. Benefits of the LympaTouch Pump Therapy include reduction in limb circumference, pain, increase in range of motion, scar mobility and improved functioning of the immune system. The immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow. The additional flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, thereby increasing antibody/antigen contact. This has been found to help with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes — chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne and eczema.
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DMS can be a stand-alone treatment for sports injuries. Dr. Tucker literally wrote the manual with Dr. Jake (the inventor of the DMS). DMS Method can be combined with numerous other modalities/therapies as a sports medicine approach to improve circulation of lymph, blood capillaries, veins, interstitial liquids, fascia and muscle. The DMS action helps to reroute stagnant fluid in the skin (i.e., edema, primary and secondary lymphedema), mucosa, muscles, viscera, joints, and periosteum.
Clinically we have observed:
Scars and healed surgical-incision sites become more supple.
Trigger points are eliminated.
Toxins are removed, making lymphatic drainage especially effective in tissue repair and regeneration.
Aids the reabsorption of swelling/edema.
The functioning of the immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow.
Helps with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes.
Releases muscle spasms.
I think we all agree that any dysfunction of the foot and ankle complex can cause problems into the knees, lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, spine and upper extremities. Because of this, people must wear proper footwear to protect the foot and prevent injuries…to read more
Because your feet are subject to enormous use and constant wear, even small abnormalities can cause big problems. Orthotics – inserts for shoes – can effectively correct many physical problems that arise from improper foot mechanics. Ask me to perform a gait analysis on you.
This service includes video analysis of your gait using a specially equiped treadmill, and a precise, computerized assessment of the biomechanics of your feet as you walk. This test will help determine if you need orthotics.
Consider a Gait Analysis if:
You suffer from general aches and pains from the foot to the lower back
You have “flat” feet or “high arches”
You suffer from pain anywhere in the foot, or in the ankles, knees, calves, hip or low back, either chronically or with athletic activity
You have calluses or corns
You have abnormal wear on your shoes
You have arthritis in your lower back
Here’s the link to a recent article I wrote on Plantar fasciitis in Dynamic Chiropractic magazine
Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs are common in sports which involve running, dancing or jumping. Runners who excessively pronate (feet rolling in or flattening) are particularly at risk as the biomechanics of the foot pronating causes additional stretching of the plantar fascia.
Symptoms: A chronic mild ankle sprain could have symptoms related to stretching of the ankle ligaments; mild pain; mild swelling on the outside of the ankle; some joint stiffness or difficulty walking or running.
Plantar fascitis can be heel pain, under the heel and usually on the inside, at the origin of the attachment of the fascia. Sometimes there may also be pain along the outside border of the heel. This may occur due to the offloading the painful side of the heel by walking on the outside border of the foot. It may also be associated with the high impact of landing on the outside of the heel if you have high arched feet. Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning. After a few minutes it eases as the foot gets warmed up, but can get worse again during the day especially if walking a lot.
How to best treat and prevent this from happening again: Rest until it is not painful. It can be very difficult to rest the foot as most people will be on their feet during the day for work. By walking on the painful foot you are continually aggravating the injury and increasing inflammation. However a good plantar fascitis taping technique can help the foot get the rest it needs by supporting the plantar fascia.
Cold therapy can be applied regularly until symptoms have resolved.
Stretching the calfs and plantar fascia is an important part of treatment and prevention. Simply reducing pain and inflammation alone is unlikely to result in long term recovery. The plantar fascia tightens up making the origin at the heel more susceptible to becoming inflamed. Tightening of the plantar fascia happens in particular over night which is why pain is often worse in the morning. A plantar fascia night splint is an excellent product which is worn over night and gently stretches the calf muscles and plantar fascia preventing it from tightening up overnight.
Arch supports or custom made orthotics are often required.
In office treatment includes using the warm laser, the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS), or the ‘scrapping’ tools called Graston or SASTM. I like to use K-tape as well.