Muscle & Tendon injuries

Muscle & Tendon injuries

Physiotherapy is well known for its benefits with injuries like muscular pulls or strains, tendonitis or tendonopathies, such as golfers or tennis elbow, jumpers knee, achilles tendon rupture and plantarfascitis to name a few. Muscle-tendon units are one complete structure – tendons being the part at each end of the muscle where it attaches to bone, and each muscle in our body is connected to those either side of it by fascia, which is tough connective tissue. These interconnections mean that a comprehensive approach needs to be taken to treating and rehabilitating muscular injuries, in other words if there’s a problem in one area which isn’t due to an obvious injury, it may have been caused by a problem elsewhere. An example of this is Plantar Fasciitis, where the fascia on the sole of the foot becomes tight and inflamed – this is part of the superficial back line of fascia tissue, which connects to the calf muscles. If you suffer with plantar fasciitis often your calves will be tight as well, which may have contributed to the problem, or be a consequence. When I treat problems such as this I will always address surrounding issues, which helps to avoid problems returning and becoming chronic.