Achilles Tendonitis and Chiropractic?
Patients & Friends,
Problems with the Achilles tendon are not uncommon in an age where we sit at a desk during the week and run during the weekend. I can’t point too many fingers since my running around with kids during Spring and Fall soccer seasons doesn’t exactly qualify me for athlete of the year.
So research published last week in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics should be encouraging to us “part time” athletes, as well as to the more devoted runners who develop Achilles tendonitis.
Medical scientists and a neurologist/chiropractor Ralph E. Gay, M.D., D.C., at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, used an animal model to create inflammation that mimicked the damaged collagen and degeneration typically seen in humans who develop Achilles tendonitis.
After allowing the inflammation to settle in for 21 days, half the rabbits had a total of 6 Graston chiropractic technique sessions during the next two weeks, while the control animals had no treatment.
Examination by microscope and measurement of elasticity revealed better recovery of biomechanical function in treated rabbits compared with control tendons. The researchers concluded that tendons treated with the chiropractic technique were in the process of healing, while the untreated control tendons remained in a state of chronic inflammation.
Whether you’re a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, there is growing evidence some techniques used by chiropractors can help you stay active and healthy, and that’s a good thing as we crank up our activities heading into Spring!
Robert A. Leach, DC, MS, FICC(h), CHES
To view the February 2015 abstract of the research of rabbit model Achilles tendonitis improvement after chiropractic: http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754%2814%2900270-X/abstract
Modern research suggests that blood markers for inflammation are associated with reduced chronic back pain after chiropractic treatments: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22027032
Reduced neck pain is associated with improved blood markers for inflammation after chiropractic treatments as well: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21978542