We see a suprising number of people for relief from Achilles Pain. So what do we do in a massage treatment to help? In this blog we give you some information about the background of achilles pain and how massage and other treatments can help to relieve it. Click below to read more.
What is your achilles?
Your achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It connects some of the major muscles in the back of your calf (Gastrocs & Soleus) to the bone that makes up your heel - (calcaneal). It helps you point your toes and lift your heels off the ground.
The term Achilles Tendinopathy refers to conditions related to your achilles tendon that result in pain, swelling and/or impaired function. A lot of the time Achilles pain is referred to as Achilles Tendinitis - which means inflammation of the achilles tendon. Current research has shown that inflammation is rarely the cause of your achilles pain, which is why they have changed the term.
So why does it get sore?
There are many reasons why your achilles tendon might become sore.
What can be done?
Your treatment protocol is going to be entirely dependent on they underlying causes of your Achilles pain.
Interestingly, a recent study measured the effects of strengthening your calves through eccentric load, massage and a combination of both for the treatment of achilles tendinopathies. They concluded that massage and eccentric load were equally as effective in helping achilles pain. However, there was no significant difference between using one or the other or a combination of both together.
The study was only small - 60 people, so it needs to be taken with a 'grain of salt!' The key here is to be strategic in finding out the underlying cause/s and what works best for your body.
Common treatment protocols include a combination of the following:
If you do believe that you have Achilles pain it is worth getting it looked at. Massage incorporated with the treatment protocol above can be an effective way to help relieve it. We also work with a great group of physios and podiatrists that we can refer you to if we believe that a team approach to you can is going to get you on the mend faster.
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