Marathon Training and Plantar Fasciitis

Marathon Training and Plantar Fasciitis

September 16, 2017|By Rob Polk|No Comments »

It’s almost marathon time in Chicago and thousands of runners have been training all year with the hopes of crossing the finish line in October. Unfortunately, for some, pain will prevent them from reaching their goal. The consistent running that is required in the marathon-training program to build up to 26.2 miles can cause many muscular conditions just through the repetitive motions that muscles engage in during the run.

Stiffness, pain and discomfort of the heel and plantar (bottom) surface of the foot are often attributed to a condition called plantar fasciitis. For avid runners, walkers or fitness enthusiasts, this condition can cause a lot of frustration, especially when people are trying to pursue their goals or engage in activities that bring them joy. Our feet are an important part of our body. They bear our weight and keep us in motion.

Plantar fasciitis is an injury caused by repetitive use of the muscles and plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel through the plantar surface and arch of the foot. Over-tightening of the calf muscles can contribute to this condition as well.

There are several factors that increase the odds of plantar fasciitis, such as over-pronating feet, being overweight, having high arches, calf muscles that are tight, poor footwear or a previous injury. Another common cause is simply engaging in repetitive motions that cause tightening of the area, such as running and even walking. Common symptoms of this condition are a gradual onset of pain in the heel, pain radiating thru the bottom and arch of the foot, tenderness in the foot when stepping on the sole and/or heel.  Pain can range from being slightly uncomfortable to very painful, depending on the extent of the condition. Many people describe the condition as feeling as if needles are piercing through the bottom of the foot.

At Delos Therapy, we have had considerable success treating and eliminating plantar fasciitis, especially for our clients who are marathon runners. The reason our therapy is effective is because we focus on stretching the muscles and fascia in and around the area using precise pressure, which we believe is the most effective way to stretch bound-up tissue.

Often times people try stretching the area conventionally (or length-wise, by placing their foot at an angle and using a wall, for example, to try to lengthen the bottom of the foot). This type of stretching is very limited as it only impacts the healthy, elastic fibers that are capable of stretching. The fibers that are chronically contracted and tight do not respond to this method very well and need a more direct, multi-dimensional approach. Similarly, using a ball to roll over the tissue is too superficial and doesn’t actually get to the deep tightness from various angles that are knotted and hyper-contracted. Most people we see use conventional stretching and ball-rolling on a regular basis without sufficient relief, so something is obviously being missed.

Working through a treatment plan with us will re-structure the muscles of the foot and calf into a healthy and pliable muscular state, which will result in the relief of pain and stiffness.  Delos Therapy also can loosen these muscles as a preventative measure.  Our loosening technique enhances athletic performance by allowing the muscles of the feet and calves to be recruited so they can perform runs more efficiently and with less effort.

If you’re preparing for a race or struggling with this problem, continuing to be active will often exacerbate the issue if it isn’t addressed. When pain and discomfort become unbearable, they are the result of weeks, months and even years of repetitive motion that led to the chronic tightening of the plantar fascia. Resolving this issue takes some time, so we recommend immediate treatment. Our biggest pleasure is enabling runners to run the marathon when all odds were against them and they gave up hope. We’d hate to see anyone feel like they’ve wasted time training when we know that we can help.

Pain and the Mind-Body Connection

Pain and the Mind-Body Connection

September 8, 2017|By Meg Lamm|No Comments »

By Kate Patterson and Meg Lamm

 

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would I do if I no longer had headaches? What would I do if I wasn’t afraid of throwing out my back? What would I do if my shoulder didn’t hurt? What would I do if…..”

When an individual suffers from chronic pain, it can have a profound effect on daily life. While people in pain primarily experience physical limitations, it is important to note that they also encounter psychological effects such as fear, frustration and even depression. Because chronic pain is so pervasive, it can be extremely distracting and actually reduce one’s ability to concentrate and engage. Pain inhibits participation in enjoyable activities, negatively affects important personal relationships and proves to be a significant distraction in the workplace. Over time, these constant physical and mental struggles can drain energy and leave the person feeling discouraged and unmotivated in multiple aspects of his or her life.

The inability to engage in things such as playing with children, taking a fitness class,  participating in a company team building event or even simply getting restful sleep exacerbates feelings of helplessness and anxiety. The Journal of Pain Research reports that when one feels he or she is not able to partake in simple activities, there can be an associated fear of being negatively judged or labeled as weak. This can lead to a vicious cycle of shame, guilt and worthlessness, and may ultimately result in feelings of isolation and depression. Psychiatrist Michael Clark states that “nearly one third of patients with chronic pain also exhibit signs of depression.” Because depression and pain receptors share some of the same neurotransmitters and nerve pathways, muscle therapy has been found to be effective in supporting mental health and is often used in conjunction with other therapies for patients suffering from poor mental health (Washington Post).

So, how would a decrease in pain impact quality of life?  At Delos, we have seen that pain relief and ease of mobility accompany increased feelings of joy, freedom, connectedness and confidence in our clients. The surge in these feelings escalates the release of the FEEL GOOD chemicals naturally created within the body: endorphins, oxytocin and dopamine. The Huffington Post reports that when one experiences positive emotions, the brain begins to think in the way the body is feeling. A loop is then created, which links positive physiological messages to positive thoughts.

While we fully support clients seeking treatment from mental health professionals, we strive to continue making an impact in the physical realm. Consider a client of ours who came to us with debilitating back pain that was causing a strain in his relationship. He was irritated, couldn’t sleep, and took out his frustrations on his girlfriend. With treatment, we were able to eliminate his physical discomfort, but more importantly we were able to contribute to his mental well-being. In his case, pain relief had a profound impact on his quality of life, where he went from being on the brink of ending a relationship to actually being engaged in his relationship. He is now married to the woman who saw his progress from having feelings of despair to having a much happier life.

Based on what we have seen to be possible with our clients, we have to ask, why should anyone accept physical pain and mental anguish as the way things have to be forever? What does the message of “high shoulders, chronic pain, achy joints” indicate to our belief about ourselves? How do we operate if we settle on the idea that physical or mental discomfort and pain are everlasting?  Is this how we want to continue our story?

If we shift to the belief that a life free from pain is possible, what goals become attainable?  Who do we allow ourselves to become without such restrictions? How does this change the quality of our lives? Where do we see ourselves? What can we create? Where will we go? What will we achieve? There are endless possibilities.

Delos Spotlight: Jeff Libersher

Delos Spotlight: Jeff Libersher

August 22, 2017|By admin|No Comments »

 

Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Jeff, a musician suffering from extreme neck and back pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

JL: I heard about Delos through a friend of mine who was already a patient. She had great results at Delos and knew I was suffering from back issues so she suggested I see them as well.

What issues brought you to Delos?

JL: I was suffering from very severe, chronic neck and back pain.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

JL: I tried several remedies before seeing Delos – massage, acupuncture, 4 different chiropractors, 2 different doctors and physical therapy. Nothing was helping and I was in severe pain; I needed to find a solution.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

JL: The improvement I’ve made since coming to Delos is astounding. I had tried so many options prior and yet I was still miserable. This past winter was the worst. There was not an hour during the day that I wasn’t in some degree of agony. I would wake up 3-4 times a night from the pain. Mornings were the worst. The pain affected and limited every aspect of my life. After starting my treatments with Delos, I quickly started having entire days that were pain free. Mornings went from miserable to manageable to completely pain free. I even sleep through the night! Any moments of discomfort are so rare and no longer debilitating.

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

JL: Delos has helped me immensely! They literally gave me my life back. I can even work out again! The therapy is effective and the staff is wonderful – extremely professional, empathetic and kind. If you are suffering from any sort of pain, Delos is your answer.

Tell us something unique about you.

JL: I’ve been a musician in an experimental art-rock band for 30 years and I’ve toured/played all over the world!

Delos Spotlight: Nisha Jessup

Delos Spotlight: Nisha Jessup

July 16, 2017|By admin|No Comments »

 

Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Nisha, an active mom suffering from back pain. Read her interview to find out her amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

NJ: I heard about Delos through my friend Lisa. She had great success at Delos with her knee pain. Lisa hadn’t been able to run without a brace on for years before Delos and now she’s completely pain free. So when I told her about my back pain, she insisted I go to Delos.

What issues brought you to Delos?

NJ: About 4 years ago, I started suffering from low back pain during my second pregnancy. At the time, I saw a physical therapist and managed to just get through it for a while. Then earlier this year, I was taking a Pilates class and while using the reformer I reinjured it. When Advil and stretching didn’t fix it, I started seeking other solutions.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

NJ: Well, I did the physical therapy 4 years ago and had little success. I also tried foam rolling, stretching, cryotherapy, medicated balms, and over the counter medications. Nothing was working and I was ready to go see my doctor to have them prescribe me something stronger. That’s when Lisa told me about Delos and suggested I try them first.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

NJ: My back pain is completely gone! I tell Kate that she has cured me. My muscles are loose and I’m performing better in my workouts. I completed the full 12 sessions with Kate and I’m back to Pilates and running and all my workouts are at full intensity with no pain. Now, I’ve moved into a maintenance program at Delos so that I can stay healthy and keep being active. There was a point in the beginning where I was skeptical, thinking could this really work? It did. It totally did. I was (and still am!) blown away by the success I had with Delos.

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

NJ: If you have ANY chronic pain, Delos is the place. Delos fit perfectly into my schedule; the sessions were short and easy to schedule to maintain frequency. The Delos team has been great too. They genuinely care about your progress and all the therapists welcome you in when you’re there. Kate has been and continues to be fantastic. Both Lisa and I had incredible success, so much so I bought a package for my husband. He’s starting next week!

Tell us something unique about you.

NJ: Just last week, I celebrated my 20-year anniversary with IBM. It’s the only company I’ve ever worked for, which I feel most people can’t say. We even had a little party to celebrate!

Delos Spotlight: Kurt Roemer

Delos Spotlight: Kurt Roemer

June 5, 2017|By admin|No Comments »

 

Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Kurt, a Shredder recovering from hip surgery. Read his interview to find out his amazing recovery since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

KR: I heard about Delos through Shred415. My wife, Tracy, is one of the owners of Shred and met Mimi (Delos co-owner) a few years ago.

What issues brought you to Delos?

KR: About a year and a half ago, I started having issues in my left hip. At first, I thought it was a hip flexor issue. As an avid Shredder, I was doing a lot of running and assumed that was the cause of the injury.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

KR: When the issue first started, I was stretching and doing yoga and Pilates to try to loosen up the muscles in and around the hip. As the condition worsened, I started to think it might be a skeletal issue rather than a muscular one and as it turns out, I was correct. An MRI revealed I was having issues with bone on bone in the joint and surgery was the only option. In January of this year, I opted for a hip resurfacing procedure over a full replacement. The resurfacing was my best option for returning to an avid, active lifestyle.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

KR: Even though the issue was skeletal and not muscular, I knew that Delos would need to be a part of my recovery. While the resurfacing surgery was less invasive than a full replacement, it still caused a lot of damage to the surrounding muscle tissue. Keeping this tissue mobile, flexible and healthy would be key during my recovery, which I knew I would get with Delos. My goal post surgery was to make progress, no matter how small, every day. Three days post surgery I was working on getting off crutches. Physical therapy was needed but progress was slow so about a month post surgery, I started with Delos. Kate was able to aggressively approach the hip flexor and surrounding tissue to reactivate the muscle and maintain mobility. Having the muscle tissue in a healthy state has aided immensely in my overall recovery. Instead of my day-to-day progress being 0-0.5%, it was 1-2%. The accelerated healing has lead me to being back taking Shred classes already. I’m back to being active with my daughters as well. Just last week I was able to help at soccer practice and play catch –both of which I couldn’t do pre-surgery.

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

KR: Honestly, I’d look at them in confusion and ask why haven’t you?? The ability that Delos has to restructure and reactivate muscle tissue is astounding. The whole body is interconnected so even if the issue isn’t muscular directly, having healthy muscle tissue plays a huge roll in overall health. Delos is the reason I’m back to being active as quickly as I am post surgery. And will continue to be part of my regimen as I ease back into working out.

Tell us something unique about you.

KR: I am a dad of 3 beautiful, active daughters and the husband of a business owner who is excited about being able to fully participate in all aspects of our very busy and active lives!

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