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Spring Track Running Injuries

Foot Pain ExercisesSpring Track Running Injuries

Spring is here which means track season has started for thousands of students.  It also means that student athletes are at risk of getting hurt.  Every spring, young athletes begin intensive training for track season, and within weeks, many are halted by common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, and shin splints.

Plantar Fasciitis – Since our feet absorb a force several times our body weight with each step, it is not surprising that approximately 15 percent of all running injuries affect the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch, and is usually the top foot complaint among runners.  The pain, which typically feels like a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, is usually worse first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity and can intensify after standing for long periods of time.

What starts out as a fairly easy-to-treat injury, when ignored, can result in an extremely painful condition that can sideline track athletes.  Runners who have very high or very low arches are vulnerable because both foot types cause the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone.  Other risk factors are extreme pronation (foot rolls inward excessively) and supination (foot rolls outward excessively).

Maintaining good flexibility throughout the inter-connective chain of the lower leg including the ankle, Achilles tendon and calf muscles is the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis for track runners.  Preventative measures for plantar fasciitis are similar to that of treatment so it makes sense for athletes to use preventative measure to avoid the pain.

Medi-Dyne’s 2Steps plantar fasciitis solution recommends:

Orthopedic-Shoe-and-Podiatry-Markets_08Bio-mechanically designed Tuli’s Heel Cup provides immediate relief by cushioning the area of pain and elevating the calcaneus (heel bone) to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon, lessening the tension and allowing for a regaining of flexibility.

The ProStretch Plus has been proven to provide a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire inter-connective chain, delivering the long-term flexibility needed for both the prevention and treatment of plantar fasciitis.  Read how to use the ProStretch Plus to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel. When overused, the tendon tightens and becomes irritated.  Achilles tendinitis is responsible for approximately 11 percent of all running injuries.  Runners who dramatically increase their training at the beginning of track season and who have tight, weak calves are vulnerable to this injury.

Many people suffering from Achilles tendonitis symptoms experience swelling and mild to severe pain in the ankle area.  Achilles tendonitis symptoms typically begin as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity.  Pain may come on gradually or may only be felt when running or walking.  Episodes of more severe tendon pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting.

Athletes in sports which use a pushing-off motion like track are no strangers to Achilles issues, and calf flexibility is critical to the health of the Achilles tendon.  As with plantar fasciitis, an athlete can prevent and treat Achilles tendonitis by using the ProStretch Plus for a safe and gradual stretch of the lower leg.  Another way to prevent or treat Achilles tendonitis pain is to use shoe inserts like Tuli’s Gaitors and heel cups like Tuli’s Heel Cups.  Both of these items can be placed in a runner’s shoes to promote stability and proper alignment as well as provide long-lasting relief from Achilles tendonitis pain.

cho-pat_achillestendon-500x500A support straps like the Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap can also help alleviate the pain and discomfort of Achilles tendonitis.  Developed in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, the patented Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by gently lifting the heel, and it can be worn in all shoes or barefoot.

IT Band Syndrome – IT Band Syndrome is the one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. The IT Band lies along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee and is designed to assist the hip muscles in the outward movement of the thigh and to stabilize the side of the knee. The knee flexes and extends when running and this can cause the IT Band to rub on the side of the femur. Track athletes who take up their mileage too quickly at the beginning of track season can be susceptible to ITBS.

Runners suffering with ITBS experience pain along the outside of the knee joint, sometimes accompanied by a clicking sensation.  ITBS typically starts with tightness, can become extremely painful on the outside part of the knee or lower thigh, and can be made worse by activity. Runners who do not cross train many suffer from weak hip abductor and gluteal muscles and could be at greater risk for ITBS.  ITBS can be a debilitating injury to a track athlete and can become so painful that a runner is unable to train at all until it heals.

The best way to provide immediate relief for ITBS pain is the Cho-Pat Iliotibial Band Strap.  The Cho-Pat- IT Band Strap compresses the area to begin healing and prevent further damage. This strap delivers Dynamic Pain Diffusion™ to absorb and diffuse stress and provides comfortable support even when running.

For long-term healing and prevention of ITBS, a track athlete needs to stretch and strengthen weak hip and core muscles.  The CoreStretch is an effective tool to stretch and activate the entire interconnected chain of core muscles like hamstrings, lower back, hips, piriformis, and glutes.  Watch how to use the CoreStretch here.  In addition to the CoreStretch, the RangeRoller can be used to deliver a deep tissue massage and increase the blood flow along the full length of the IT Band.  The RangeRoller increases circulation, relieves knots, warms muscles, eliminates scar tissue, and improves an athlete’s overall performance.

Runner's KneeRunner’s Knee – Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or “runner’s knee” is the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella (kneecap).  Approximately 40 percent of running injuries are knee injuries, and it is a common complaint among track athletes.   Runner’s knee typically flares up during or after long runs, after extended periods of sitting, or while descending hills and stairs.  It is usually starts as a dull pain in the front of the knee and often worsens over time.

Athletes can get immediate relief and support from a couple of Cho-Pat® products.  The Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap stabilizes and tightens the kneecap mechanism and provides track athletes with mobility, comfort, and support.  The Original Knee Strap can be used to reduce pain, improve tracking, and is doctor recommended for over 30 years.  The Cho-Pat Dynamic Knee Compression Sleeve is a light-weight compression sleeve that reinforces the knee, stabilizes, reduces inflammation, and promotes circulation.

For long-term healing and prevention of runner’s knee, a runner should stretch and strengthen glutes, hamstrings and quads.  The patented StretchRite system features a non-elastic strap which makes it easy to perform each stretch properly and effectively.  Watch how to use the StretchRite.

Shin_Splints_PainShin Splints – Shin splints refers to medial tibial stress syndrome, an achy pain that results when small tears occur in the muscles around your shin bone.  Shin splints make up approximately 13 percent of running injuries and results from overuse or an overload of stress. This overload of stress can be due to taking on too much too fast, over-pronation or by calf, foot or Achilles tendon inflexibility.  Athletes who are involved in a sport like track are very likely to experience shin splints pain at some point.

Shin splints sufferers experience pain along or just behind the inner edge of the tibia. The pain typically increases during activity.  It’s important to employ R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and adequate stretching to both reduce pain and remedy shin splints.  For additional immediate relief from existing shin splints pain and added support, a product like Tuli’s Gators will cushion and disperse stress on shin bones.  Tuli’s Gators not only provides good arch support, but it adds light-weight shock absorption to help prevent shin splints pain.

For preventing and treating shin splints, it is important to increase flexibility in calf muscles and feet.  Athletes who stretch their calves daily will increase calf flexibility and dramatically reduce the risk of a muscle imbalance injury like shin splints.  The ProStretch Plus is a very effective tool for stretching and strengthening your calves and increasing lower leg flexibility.

For the runner experiencing shin splints, the Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve is a highly effective tool for alleviating shin splints pain when exercising.  It combines compression and shock absorption to support muscles, stimulate circulation, and maintain warmth to alleviate the pain of shin splints.

 

Rethinking Shin Splints Cures

New ideas on Shin Splints Cures, Causes and Prevention

Shin Splints Cures made easy with Medi-Dyne 2Steps SolutionsThe term shin splints encompasses a number of disorders that include mild swelling, soreness or pain along or just behind the inner edge of the shin bone (tibia). While this almost all-encompassing definition can make it easy to to diagnose, shin splits cures can often be harder to determine.

The causes of shin splints have been attributed to everything from running on uneven surfaces to rapid increase in activity. However, more recent thinking attributes biomechanical malfunctions, specifically overpronation due to ankle inflexibility or the overuse / inflexibility of the calf (gastroc or soleus) to be the true cause of shin splints.

What is Overpronation?

During a normal stride, the foot’s first function is to absorb and help dispel shock from impact. This is followed by rotation inward and downward (pronation) so that the foot can manage the terrain on which you are walking or running. The ankle then flexes, allowing the knee to move forward.  While the heel raises, the foot rotates so that the outer edge of the sole bears the body’s weight .shin-splints-visit-estore

Shin Splint Pain & The Role of Overpronation

Overpronation can be caused by poorly supported arches,tightness in the ankle, Achiles tendon, calf or other muscle imbalances. Without proper arch support the foot lands, flattens and the ankle overpronates. The tibia is then forced to twist slightly in the outward direction pulling the calf muscles with it. This overpronation delivers inferior stabilization and inefficient shock absorption. Over time, this repetitive, inefficient motion creates “shin splints”.

Shin Splints & Calf Flexibility

Calf flexibility also plays an important role in preventing shin splints.  Flexible calf muscles will provide more “give” in support of this motion, however, one of the most effective things an athlete can do is to stop the foot from rolling. This can be done by both strengthening the muscles and tendons which support the ankle and with proper arch support in both athletic and every day shoes.

Shin Splint Prevention & Remedies

It is critical to rule out stress fractures or other more serious causes for the shin pain.  Shin splints cures can actually be fairly simple. In fact, it can be easy to cure true shin splints in as little as 5 – 10 days. Do keep in mind a few key points:

  • Restraint and discretion are critical in shin splints cures. Trying to walk, run or play through the pain is likely to make the injury worse.
  • When treating shin splints, employing rest, ice, and adequate stretching and massage should be the first line of defense. A gradual return to activity, including non-weightbearing exercises are definitely in order.
  • Shin splint cures and prevention happen both during and outside of activity. Paying attention to your everyday shoes as well as your running/walking shoes or cleats will go a long way in both speeding up shin splint cures and preventing future bouts. Worn out or ill-fitting shoes or shoes without proper arch support (flip flops, sandals, casual shoes) will exacerbate the problem.

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SHIN SPLINTS CURES

Working with medical professionals, Medi-Dyne has developed 2Steps™ Solutions for Shin Splints. 2Steps Solutions deliver a sound regimen which provides both 1. Immediate Relief and 2. Long-Term Healing, delivering shin splints cures to put you back on your feet and at peak performance.

Tuli's 3/4 Gaitors Arch Support

Tuli’s 3/4 Gaitors Shock Absorption & Arch Support

STEP 1.  IMMEDIATE RELIEF

  • Support Arches & Increase Shock Absorption

After rest and ice, arch supports can play a big role in providing immediate relief for shin splints.

Proper support helps cushion and disperse stress on your shinbones as well as guide proper pronation.

Light-weight arch supports with built-in heel cups, like the Tuli’s® 3/4 Gaitors® provide light-weight shock absorption and support in an ultra-thin carbon fiber orthotic. These over the counter orthotics can be worn in both athletic and casual shoes.

Cho-Pat_Shin_Splint_Compression_Sleeve

Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve

Don’t need arch support?  Developed by a leading podiatrist, Tuli’s® Heavy Duty Heel Cups or Heavy Duty Gel Heel Cups provide incredible heel-strike shock absorption.

  • Promote Circulation & Healing

Athletes often find relief from light compression. Products like the Cho-Pat ® Shin Splint Compression Sleeve™ apply gentle support for lower legs while promoting circulation and warmth which in turn controls fluid build-up and enhances healing. The Cho-Pat Shin Splint compression sleeve includes shock-absorbing straps designed to reduce micro-trauma and maintain proper position.

 

LONG-TERM HEALING AND PREVENTION

ProStretch Plus

ProStretch Plus

  • Stretch & Strengthen

Gastroc and soleus flexibility is imperative to the health of shins. By stretching calves daily and increasing calf flexibility, the risk of injury can be reduced.  Gastroc and soleus flexibility play an important role in maintaining ankle flexibility and reducing the risk of Achilles tendon tightness.

The ProStretch® Plus makes it easy for athletes to perform all of the necessary stretches independently, effectively and efficiently.

Add Ankle Strengthening Exercises

Additionally, ankle strengthening exercises including resisted inversion, resisted eversion, resisted plantar flexion and resisted dorsiflexion will help to curtail overpronation and rolling.

RangeRoller Massage Therapy

RangeRoller

  • Massage

Trigger points can also cause the shins (tibialis anterior) to be weaker than normal, putting extra stress on the connective muscle fibers. Massaging can bring added relief and flexibility.

RangeRoller®’s unique design allows athletes to use both the TriggerTreads™ for increasing circulation as well as the handle end points for trigger point release.

For increased circulation and performance consider massaging the outer calf, inner calf, back mid-calf , and the lower leg along the sides of the shin bone.

Using these 2Steps™ Solutions for immediate relief and long-term healing, athletes suffering from shin splints should be back in the game quickly.

Find these and all of the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Solutions at the Medi-Dyne Store!

Check back on March 16, 2015 for more information on Shin Splints Cures and Stretches!

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How Proper Support Can Relieve Shin Splints and Weak Ankles

Shin Splints and Weak AnklesIf you’re an athlete or you work out on a regular basis, pain is simply part of the equation. Different types of athletic activities, of course, pose a greater risk for certain types of injuries. Gymnasts and dancers, for example, tend to suffer from shin splints and weak ankles while runners will be more susceptible to knee and hamstring problems. If you suffer from shin and ankle issues on a regular basis, you need to look into ways of providing more support to the area so that you can continue to pursue the activities you love.

Reducing the Impact

Shin splints and weak ankles can put you on the sidelines because of pain. If you’re a dancer or gymnast, you know how much of a shock you put on this area of your body time after time. If you have shin splints, we don’t have to tell you how much pain each impact can cause. In order to lessen that shock, sometimes you need extra help in the form of ankle, arch and heel supports. These can help cushion your shins and disperse impact so that you can get relief.

If you have weak ankles, they can rob you of your confidence when performing any sort of gymnastic or dance activity. If you are worried that your ankle could give out at any time there’s very little chance that you’ll be able to perform at your best. There are several different reasons this problem occurs, including:

  • Diabetes
  • A bone fracture
  • An ankle sprain or other injury
  • Insufficient arch support
  • Diabetes, osteoarthritis or another medical condition

No matter what the reason, the best way of overcoming the problem is by making sure your ankles are properly supported so that you can withstand the repeated pounding this area of your body takes.

The Solution

Medi-Dyne offers its Tuli’s® Cheetahs ankle and heel supports to give you the confidence you need to perform at your peak. By combining shock absorbing technology of form-fitting heel cups with the reinforcement of a durable, lightweight neoprene ankle support, this product is not only comfortable but also durable. These supports will stand up to whatever pounding your routine can dish out. If you’d like to order this product or learn more, visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740.

Check out this video to learn more how Tuli’s Cheetahs can provide relief for shin splints and weak ankles.

Reducing Painful Shin Splints Through Proper Stretching

Shin SplintsThe term “shin splints” just sounds painful, doesn’t it? If you’ve ever had this problem, you can attest to how miserable it makes you feel. Shin splints occur when your shinbone as well as the tissues that connect your muscles to the bone become overloaded. Sufferers experience lower leg pain, soreness, swelling and other problems. However, through proper stretching, you can heal – and even prevent – this problem.

Your calves play a huge role in the health of your shins. If there is any sort of imbalance in strength, you’re not only at risk for a calf strain but also for shin splints. You can substantially reduce the risk of injury by making sure your calves are as flexible as possible. Supplementing your flexibility exercises with strength training will increase muscle balance and lower your chances of developing problems such as shin splints.

The Anterior What?

One of the most effective ways to deal with shin splints is by stretching the anterior tibialis. This is the muscle that stretches from the front of your tibia (shinbone), moves toward the inside portion of your ankle, and then becomes a tendon at your big toe. However, this muscle can be difficult to stretch if you don’t have the right equipment and use the proper technique.

An excellent tool for stretching the anterior tibialis and helping to alleviate the discomfort of shin splints is the ProStretch Plus. This product has been used for more than two decades by trainers, physical therapists and athletes to provide an effective stretch that helps with several conditions. If you have this problem, it’s very important that you increase the flexibility of your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf as well as the anterior tibialis. The ProStretch Plus can help you do so in a targeted, safe and controlled manner.

Medi-Dyne offers the ProStretch Plus and several other tools that can help you get through your workouts healthy and happy. If you would like to learn more check out our e-store or call 800-810-1740.

Check out this video to learn more about how the ProStretch Plus can provide you with a safe and effective anterior tibialis stretch.

Top Running Injury No. 3: Shin Splints

This is the third in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Shin SplintsThere is no doubt that shin splints are extremely painful – to the point where they will cut nearly any sort of workout short in most instances. This condition takes place when the shinbone, or tibia, as well as the connective tissues that attach muscles to that bone are overloaded. You can experience soreness and swelling as well as pain. Medi-Dyne would like to share information on why this condition takes place and some of the things you can do about it.

Causes

While there are several reasons why shin splints occur, some of the most common include:

  • Excessive running
  • Running on surface that is tilted or slanted
  • Not taking enough time to recover between workouts
  • Worn shoes
  • Running too much on hard surfaces

Symptoms

If shin splints are not treated quickly, they can worsen over time. If you notice a steady pain below your knee, you’ll only make it worse if you continue to exercise. Talk to your doctor to determine the best way to recover and make sure you use the proper equipment that can help you rehabilitate. Don’t try to work through the pain – it could rob you of the ability to exercise for a very long time.

2Steps to Pain Free Running

Shin Splint Compression SleeveGo to your local retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to find relief from your shin splints as well as further information on this condition and others that typically affect runners. We carry a wide variety of products to help with shin splints, including the RangeRoller for a deep massage, the Cho-Pat® Shin Splint Compression Sleeve, and our Tuli’s Heavy Duty Heel Cups, which elevate the heel bone to take pressure off your shins. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.

#Runchat with David Hylton

#Runchat is an online Q&A Forum that allows runners from all walks of life to connect and share their trials and tribulations.

Early this week Craig and I got the opportunity to speak with David about his personal journey and how he and Scott linked up to create #Runchat.

#Runchat was started about three years ago when David and Scott came into contact through an online forum that was centered solely on fitness. At that time in the online world there was no sole place just centered on running. They decided to put their social media expertise together and create #runchat; a community where runners could go for nearly every question they have.

Medi-Dyne: What was your background in before you started runchat?

David: My background has always been in Communications and Business. I worked in the newspaper industry for 7 years; every job that I have had in my career I have dabbled in social media. I started blogging about running 2007 at runningbecauseican.com.  I joined the twitter sphere in 2008. In some aspect I have always been linked in online and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy taking part in.

Medi-Dyne: When did you and Scott launch #runchat?

David: We launched #runchat in June of 2010. We originally kicked it off to be on Thursday nights. Thursdays were more social than anything and many people were not at home during the hour the forum was live. We took a survey and nearly every runner voted for Sunday night. We were sold; Sunday nights at 8 P.M. EST you can get all your running questions answered!

Medi-Dyne: What is the most rewarding thing to you with the success of #runchat?

David: What I find most rewarding is that Scott and I created a platform for runners to connect in a positive community. We see runners of all levels asking and answering questions. We have created a community where people are able to connect and help each other on their journeys and share the same experiences.

Medi-Dyne: What is something that many people do not know about you?

David: Most people do not know that Scott and I have been working together for 3 years; however in October was the first time we had met in person.

Medi-Dyne: In the future where do you see #runchat?

David: We would like to reach a larger audience with #runchat. We want to provide the forum to people who aren’t linked in yet, and give them that access to a positive running community where they can share their experiences.

Thank you David for taking the time to speak with Craig and I. We wish you, Scott, and #Runchat the best in the future. Check out #Runchat this Sunday at 8 P.M. EST to have all your running questions answered.

Also you can enter to win a Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve or a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap at #Runchat!

The Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve eliminates the symptoms of pain and discomfort that come with Shin Splints.

    • Provides Compression Forces while Supporting the Lower Leg Muscles and Soft Tissues.
    • Stimulates Circulation
    • Maintains Warmth

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap is an effective solution for Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, Misalignment of Quadriceps, and Patellar Tendonitis.

    • Provides Full Mobility
    • Improves Tracking and Reduces Displacement.
    • Lessens the potential for misalignment.
    • Reduces the force of quad muscles on the knee.

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products is focused on providing innovative and highly effective Pain Prevention Products. Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products family of brands includes Cho-Pat, Tuli’s, StretchRite, RangeRoller, ProStretch, CoreStretch, Soft Moves, Skin-On-Skin, and the ProStretch Plus.

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers.

Always,

Lauren

Tools that are Essential for Long Distance Runners!

Howdy, hope everyone is off to a great week !

The Medi-Dyne Team had the opportunity to connect with Skye Donovan while at the APTA show in San Diego. Skye is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Marymount University, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, has a B.S. from Ursinus College, M.P.T. from Texas Woman’s University, a Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as a Marathon Coach for Team In Training in Arlington, VA. She is also affiliated with the Rogue Racers! If you are in the area, I would highly recommend getting in contact with Skye if seeking additional information about Physical Therapy or needing advice on preparing for your running adventure! We loved getting to know Skye; she shared information about how to properly train for a marathon; in turn we wanted to share with her the positive benefits of our Pain Prevention Products and how they can benefit the people that she works with everyday!

Skye uses the RangeRoller and StretchRite, both versatile products that are great for long distance runners and patients in PT. Both of these products are great to treat tight muscles and soreness after long runs.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what drew you towards Medi-Dyne products?

Skye: I was not familiar with Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products before the APTA CSM conference in San Diego. I was drawn into the booth by the unique design of your products. I also was very fond of the fact that your products were travels sized and would easily fit in any bag I use while working, and training.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what is your favorite thing about the RangeRoller?

Skye: I especially like the additional Trigger Treads on the RangeRoller; they add areas of increased pressure to tired and sore muscles that the other roller products on the market leave out. I am better equipped to work on trigger points with this design.

Medi-Dyne: What did you find unique about the StretchRite?

Skye: The StretchRite has the nice feature of the grip handles, which on cold days (we train outdoors in all seasons) help save raw hands from chaffing that often occurs with other stretch straps.

Medi-Dyne: Would you recommend Medi-Dyne products to your patients and runners you train?

Skye: I would recommend these products to athletes, I think one of the best features is the size of the products; they can easily fit into suitcases and carry-on bags for athletes who travel. Often time’s athletes travel long distances for endurance events and it is important to be able to keep up their routine both before and after the event.  I have had great success working on quadriceps, hamstrings and ITB tightness with the Range Roller; it has eliminated my need for the foam roller.

The Medi-Dyne team would like to thank Skye for stopping by our booth and letting us get to know her a little better! If you are in Arlington, VA and looking for a PT or training coach I would highly recommend Skye.  She is full of knowledge and has a passion for her work!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

CoreStretch with Jennifer Edwards!

Hope everyone has been injury free this past week!
If not let us help you get back to being healthy and ready to tackle your next adventure!

I recently met Jennifer Edwards, the Clinical Director and a Physical Therapist at Apple Physical Therapy. Apple Physical Therapy is an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington.  Jennifer has lived a very active lifestyle and has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 13 years.  We asked Jennifer to test our CoreStretch product and give us some feedback.  Jennifer has been using the CoreStretch for about 3 weeks.

Jennifer has suffered from tight muscles and fascia her whole life, and really feels it in her hamstrings, IT band, and lats.

Medi-Dyne: What Medi-Dyne products do you currently use? Had you heard of Medi-Dyne before the CSM?

Jennifer: I particularly liked the Range Roller and the CoreStretch. I had never heard of Medi-Dyne before but had heard of certain products that you carry, such as the Cho-Pat braces and ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: A few weeks ago we asked you to test the CoreStretch.  What did you think?

Jennifer: I love the Core Stretch, as does my staff.  The majority of my patients really like it as well.  We have been using it as part of a stretching regime after doing a cardio warm-up or after exercises.  We’ve mainly used it while sitting in a chair for hamstrings, Piriformis and lats.

Medi-Dyne: Would you continue to recommend the CoreStretch to patients?

Jennifer: There’s nothing like the CoreStretch so we weren’t using anything like this.  We just had people doing basic stretching without any assistive device.  We have recommended the CoreStretch to patients!

The Medi-Dyne Team would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her thoughts on the CoreStretch and wish Jennifer, her staff, and patients the best of luck in their recovery process!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Tight Hamstrings? Ouch!

Happy Tuesday!Hope everyone is pain and injury free today.

Thank you to RunOn! and all the runners who stretched with us after the training class on Sunday morning!  Remember the best way to remain on your feet is to continually stretch after physical activity in order to remain flexible. Saturday morning I went out for a quick run and my hamstrings felt extremely tight. I have been extremely busy this past week and have not taken the time each day to stretch my whole body out. Tight hamstrings can be the worst! Many times we forget that the body is an interconnected chain and if you do not take the time to address a problem it is going to cause other muscles to compensate and you’ll personally get to experience the domino effect – the pain will migrate and possibly cause even more pain & injury!

When I got home I immediately grabbed my CoreStretch. Since all physical action begins from the body’s core and the hamstrings are an important part of the core – I knew I needed to stretch right away! The CoreStretch works great for me, because all you have to do is place your hands on the bar and lean forward. It literally does the work for you! It allows the tissues to relax and elongate, decompressing the spine and stretching the hamstrings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CoreStretch will increase your range of motion, prevent injury, and speed recovery and reduce pain.

Anyone can use the CoreStretch, it is simple and the stretching is virtually unlimited. The CoreStretch also provides relief for:

  • Shin Splints
  • Back Pain
  • Piriformis Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Inflexibility

If you do not have a CoreStretch definitely INVEST in one it is great for multiple areas of the body and provides a stretch like I have never experienced before. If you do not have one on hand try these stretches to loosen up your tight hamstrings without the CoreStretch!

Good luck this week on your personal fitness challenges and stay loose!

Lauren

Run On! with Mitch Hayes

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday, I know I am. I attended the grand opening the other weekend of the Southlake, TX  location of RunOn! Talk about a lot of fitness fanatics in one place!

Thank you for stopping by the Medi-Dyne booth and stretching with us! While I was there I learned more about Camp Gladiator and My Fit Foods, which if you’re ever in the area I would definitely recommend checking them out. During the past week I have been contemplating what my next personal challenge would be. While at RunOn! I decided I would commit to training for a half marathon. The staff informed me that they provide classes that are geared toward all levels of runners to train for their distance goals.

Mitch Hayes is the Training Class Manager for Run-On! specialty running stores, a Dallas/Fort Worth based chain. Mitch has been a part of the RunOn! team for five years. He and his staff of coaches train about 3,000 runners each year, getting them ready for running events anywhere from 5ks to full marathons. He was very enjoyable to speak with, as well as very knowledgeable on the Marathon Circuit and what it takes to be successful.

Medi-Dyne: What athletic activity do you enjoy the most?

Mitch: I enjoy obviously running marathons but have found a passion for doing CrossFit as well. It gives you a total body workout and it is nice to change things up a little.

Medi-Dyne: How many Marathons have you run in your life?

Mitch: I have run 11 Full Marathons and 20 or so half marathons throughout my life. I will be running my 5th Chicago Marathon this fall. It is by far my favorite to run!

Medi-Dyne: What running shoes do you wear and which would you recommend?

Mitch: Personally for myself I recommend Brooks Trance and Mizuno Nirvana running shoes.

Medi-Dyne: What advice would you have for someone thinking about signing up for their first marathon?

Mitch: The hardest part is signing up and committing to the training. It takes about 20 weeks to train for a marathon and to get your body fully ready. RunOn! Is a full service running store, providing classes that help runners of all levels gain the knowledge they need to be successful in distance running, to achieve their personal goals.

Medi-Dyne: What products of Medi-Dyne do you use?

Mitch: I use the Single Step Stretch which is also known as the ProStretch twice a day, every day.

Medi-Dyne: What do you like about the ProStretch?

Mitch: I like the ProStretch because it really works! I started using the product about 3 years ago when I started having tight calves. The pain was so terrible I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue running marathons. That’s when I tried the ProStretch. I use it twice a day, every day. It cured my tight calves, and I haven’t had any issues since when I first started using the product.

Medi-Dyne: When you’re training runners do you recommend Medi-Dyne Products?

Mitch: Yes to anybody! When my runners are having issues with their calves or Plantar Fasciitis, I always recommend investing in a ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

Mitch: Definitely Hamburger and Fries without a doubt!

Medi-Dyne: What is something most people do not know about you?

Mitch: That I have 2 Harley Davidson’s and love spending my free time riding!

I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know Mitch a little better as much as I did! If you are ever in the Dallas area, on Wednesday evenings, Run-On! has a social run at all store locations. Come out and say hello to Mitch and enjoy a nice run!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Happy Running!

Lauren

RangeRoller Sore Muscles After Tough Practices

Running with Kids covers using the RangeRoller on sore muscles for tissue massage after tough runs or training, and even after taekwando practices for IT Bands and tight calves.

Gear Review – Tissue Massage with RangeRoller

RangeRoller CalvesWe have incorporated Medi-Dyne’s Pro Stretch Plus into our cool down and stretching routine after runs (read my review here). But there is another Medi-Dyne tool in our toolkit, the original Range Roller, that has become just as important after strenuous workouts. The Range Roller enables soft tissue massages and accelerates the healing and recovery process.

My older son, who runs high school cross country and track, used a hard foam roller for tissue massages, and I had considered buying one. I opted for the Range Roller for several reasons, including deeper tissue massage, more versatile applications with the tool, and very portable (throw it into a gym bag or backpack). He has since converted to the Range Roller.

RangeRoller IT BandsRecognizing the importance of stretching and massaging, my younger son has been using the Range Roller after runs as well, but opened our eyes when he asked for the Range Roller after his Taekwondo 2nd degree Black Belt test (read about this 90 minute test that requires nearly 1,000 hours of preparation). We now use the Range Roller after runs (example: helps disipate lactic acid after threshold and anaerobic track workouts by improving blood circulation to muscles) and after Taekwondo practice (example: helps reduce soreness and repair tissue after Taekwondo sparring session by improving blood circulation to tissue).

What we like:

RangeRoller’s Unique Design

  • The original Range Roller measures 19 inches long and contains 6 narrow, deep rollers alternating with 7 wider, shallow rollers that turn freely as the Range Roller is gently and firmly rolled to massage tissue.
  • The tool is held with foam handles on both ends and flexes slightly as pressure is applied.
  • It is portable (bring along to a track workout, martial arts practice, or fitness center) and easy to store.
  • A smaller (16 inch) and larger (25 inch) version is also available.
  • The Range Roller can be ordered in your favorite color combinations (think sports teams!)

RangeRoller’s Materials and Quality

  • The Range Roller is manufactured of high quality plastic and dense foam, and can be gently washed with mild soap.
  • We are impressed with the overall quality of the Range Roller (design, materials, and workmanship) and expect to use it daily for many years to come.

RangeRoller’s Affordable Price

  • The Range Roller costs $25 at Medi-Dyne.com.
  • Less expensive (and more versatile) than foam rollers, and a fraction of the cost of sports massages!

Welcome to the Medi-Dyne Family Cho-Pat

Cho-Pat, a Welcome Addition

At Medi-Dyne we’re excited to be able to offer you a comprehensive selection of pain relief and prevention solutions that deliver relief, support, and performance improvement for the entire length of your body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

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We look forward to providing you with innovative, easy-to-use solutions that really work! For more information visit www.medi-dyne.com, or connect with us @MediDyne.

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Stay Off the Curb: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

 

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

10 Minute Back Pain Relief: CoreStretch

10 Minutes of Stretching a Day Can Take Back Pain Away!

3 easy stretches that cover the stretch the entire interconnective chain of the core, including the; Lower Back, Hamstrings, Hips, Glutes, IT Bands, and Lateral Arm Muscles.

For best results, be sure that your arms are fully extended (not bent at the elbow) and your back is straight (not curved). Correct posture will maximize your back elongation and stretch.  If the stretch on your shoulder is too intense, lower the position of the handle by one notch.

LOWER BACK and HAMSTRING STRETCHES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIPS (Piriformis), UPPER GLUTE and IT BAND (Illiotibial)

 

Advanced Lateral arm stretches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Medi-Dyne Acquires Cho-Pat Support Products

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products Acquires Cho-Pat to enhance its position as  an International Leader in Pain Relief and Prevention.

September 17, 2012 (Colleyville, TX) – Medi-Dyne Healthcare products, a leading producer of innovative pain prevention products announces the acquisition of Cho-Pat® .

Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap

Cho-Pat®, like Medi-Dyne, is recognized for  innovative and highly effective products which are recommended by medical professionals, physical therapists, athletic trainers, professional athletes, and active individuals for their role in eliminating pain and discomfort.

“Medi-Dyne has always offered pain prevention products that are easy to use and really work.  The acquisition of the Cho-Pat line of products provides a unique and important opportunity to enhance our ability to offer complete pain relief and prevention solutions to athletes, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other medical professionals,” said Craig DiGiovanni of Medi-Dyne.

The acquisition of Cho-Pat augments Medi-Dyne’s comprehensive selection of products and is consistent with the strategy of providing key pain relief and prevention solutions along the entire length of the body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Support

“Building on the  foundation of strong brands such as Tuli’s®, ProStretch®, CoreStretch® and RangeRoller® we’re adding the Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap™ and the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap™  as well as products such as the Golfer’s Elbow Strap™ and Achilles tendon  strap™ which were developed in cooperation with the sports/medicine staff at the Mayo Clinic™. This secures Medi-Dyne’s position as a leading international provider of pain relief and prevention products,” notes DiGiovanni.

Cho-Pat® products and Medi-Dyne products are made in the U.S.A.

For more information, or to purchase Cho-Pat or Medi-Dyne support products go to www.Medi-Dyne.com.

RangeRoller: Hard to Reach Muscles

Chuck Swanson is a runner/athlete born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.   He runs a couple marathons and 3-6 road races every year, and he intends to run an ultra marathon (50 miles) in the near future.  Chuck’s training includes 30-60 miles of running each week, increasing during peak training times.

As a runner, Chuck has suffered many aches and pains. His list includes fighting issues with; illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome), plantar fasciitis, calf strains and tight calf muscles, as well as Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) issues, to name a few. Chuck was given the opportunity to use and review the RangeRoller, for deep tissue massage therapy. Here is what Chuck said;

“I like the RangeRoller’s ability to help get those sore spots that need a little ‘TLC’.  The RangeRoller is easy to use and is easy to take to races, both close and far away.  It is easily cleaned up and is compact and effective.

massage stick for calf pain tight calvesI use the RangeRoller to get to those spots that my foam roller can’t reach or get to.  It is a great item to help with this because of the raised pieces [Trigger Treads] that allow for a more ART [Active Release Technique] type therapy.  I am able to get out the soreness and muscle trauma spots with ease.  I also use the RangeRoller at races to help get my muscles loose and warmed up before my races, in addition to dynamic stretches and jogging/running.

I use the RangeRoller at home, in my car (close local races), and at the hotel/motel (farther destination type races).  Outside or inside the product is easy to use, and can be used anywhere you want really.

RangeRoller massage for foot painThe RangeRoller can sometimes pull the hair out of my legs when I use it, but the rewards far exceed the pain!

This product is unique and I didn’t really have anything similar to it.  I use a foam roller and the RangeRoller together because they work similar but are great compliments to one another.  I was in the market and ready to purchase The Stick and saw a tweet that intervened, the rest is history.  I am glad I was able to get the RangeRoller to try and am definitely a fan.

illiotibial band massage rollerI would definitely recommend this product to a friend.  I would recommend it because I have ZERO doubts that it has helped me go through my first training cycle for a marathon injury free.  I have always encountered some type of injury that has caused me to miss at least a week of training in every marathon I have run (8 total).  This training cycle has been different and I have honestly never felt better health wise.

The RangeRoller has helped with my chronic ITBS issues and calf issues.  Paired with my foam roller and Bio Freeze, it works hand in hand with getting me out to train and doing it injury free. “

For more information on deep tissue massage therapy or to purchase the RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.

Professionals Use ProStretch for Injury Prevention

Chain Reaction Injuries

Have you ever sprained an ankle only to find a week later you’re suffering from lower back pain? Then you’ve experienced first-hand how weak links put undue stress on stronger ones.

Weak muscles cause tighter (stronger) muscles to be recruited by the central nervous system in order to perform the same movement. The results are muscle imbalances and “chain reaction injuries”.

ProStretch for Calf Stretches

Pictured: The ProStretch Double (Original Wooden) on the pre-season game sidelines of the Dallas Cowboys. The ProStretch Double Wooden is the heavy duty version of Medi-Dyne’s popular ProStretch Plus. This bigger and stronger version is often used by pro teams, fitness clubs and clinics.

One of the most critical muscles to keep flexible are the calf muscles. Calf injuries or even just tightness can move in either direction of the body’s interconnective chain, causing Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, tight hamstrings or even lower back pain.

Stretching with ProStretch products strengthens and stretches the calf muscles and ligaments in the calf muscles, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, keeping the lower leg strong, balanced, and healthy!

To purchase a ProStretch, or for more information on chain reaction injuries and injury prevention techniques and tools, visit medi-dyne.com.

How Flexible Are You?

 Test your flexibility with the StretchRite.

How flexible are you? If you are a Coach, how flexible are your athletes?   What are you doing to increase your or your athlete’s flexibility?   Get the StretchRite advantage!

StretchRite is a device to help ensure that each athlete has the necessary flexibility to stay injury free during intense athletic competition. This device enables the athlete to do the type of stretching that normally requires a second person’s assistance.

Joe Dial, former World and American Record Holder for the Pole Vault, and Head Track Coach at Oral Roberts University says:

“Our Athletes are excited about stretching now that we are using the StretchRite program. Flexibility, strength, and leg turnover are keys to maximum performance.”

Read more reviews of the StretchRite at Running Supplement or medi-dyne.com.

TEAMS CURRENTLY USING StretchRite:

University of Arkansas
University of Arizona
University of Florida
University of Wisconsin
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
University of Oregon
University of Kansas
Illinois State University
University of Nebraska
Oklahoma State University
University of Louisiana
Oral Roberts University
Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

A Success Story: Tuli’s Heel Cups

Dr. Murray Davidson was a podiatrist in Phoenix when his 13-year-old son, Jeff, came into his office complaining of sore heels. Dr. Davidson began by prescribing the customary forms of treatment; styrofoam pads, heel supports, various strappings, ultra sound and even whirlpool therapy but none of the traditional methods seemed to work. Dr. Davidson soon became frustrated and embarrassed that he could not find a solution to Jeff’s heel pain. Desperate to maintain the confidence of his son, he began looking at Jeff’s heel pain very differently.

Dr. Davidson acknowledged that Jeff’s heels needed to be protected from distress caused by every day walking and running. He understood that Jeff’s heels were absorbing a substantial amount of shock each time he stepped, just like the shock experienced from a shotgun recoiling. As a hunter Dr. Davidson knew shotguns well. For the first time he noticed the recoil pad on his shotgun—how it was long-lasting and durable, while protecting the body from shock. So he took some of the recoil pads and cut little cushions out for his son’s heels. To their surprise Jeff’s heel pain went away, immediately!

What a wonderful revelation! Jeff felt better and soon this news traveled throughout the Davidson’s community. Jeff’s friends began seeking assistance from Dr. Davidson’s office; everyone wanted these miraculous heel cups. Dr. Davidson found himself frequently working late into the night, hand making his innovative heel cups. This was not conducive to long work days at the office (or Jeff’s after-school sports schedule), so eventually Dr. Davidson contracted a mold maker and patented the product we know as Tuli’s.

Tuli’s heel cups might have come from a far-reaching idea, but the innovative structure of the product is still unmatched by any heel pain solution on the market. Tuli’s patented, multi-cell, multi-layer “waffle” design absorbs shock and returns impact energy just like the system naturally found in your feet. Upon impact, the waffle construction bears down and rotates with the normal motion of the foot to absorb the shock of walking and running; keeping your feet, knees, hips and back in alignment for maximum comfort and performance. The #1 Podiatrist recommended Tuli’s heel cup provides immediate relief from heel pain by cushioning the area of pain and elevating the heel bone to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon which lessens the tension and allows for a regaining of flexibility.