In a world in which drugs and medications seem to be the go-to solution for any ailment under the sun, it’s refreshing to know that techniques that promote natural healing and provide long-term cures are still sometimes the best solution. Active Release Techniques, a term with which few are familiar, are among these. Sydney Sports Podiatrist, Mark Lin, explains how this therapy heals internal scarring and restores movement to those struggling to heal in the aftermath of injuries.
Gold Standard for Treating Soft Tissue Injuries
Lin, known as a pioneering podiatrist owing to his introduction of Trigenics to podiatric care in Australia, says that Active Release Techniques, are internationally recognized as the best possible treatment for soft tissue injuries. “Soft tissue” is a term embracing, among others, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments.
Pinpointing the exact nature of a soft tissue injury can be difficult, but apart from being used as a treatment, the Active Release Technique allows for more precise diagnosis of the nature of an injury. And, says Lin, people don’t have to take his word for it – it’s a preferred approach in the treatment of injuries sustained by pro athletes, but also safe enough to be used in the treatment of children or the elderly.
Minor Traumas Add up to Overuse Injuries
If a person ever suffered from a soft tissue injury, they may know something about the process that brings patients to the Footwork Clinic’s doors to see whether Mark Lin and his team can help. It all starts with something they think will recover on its own – for example, a sprain, but recovery seems to work on a one step forward, two steps backward basis. That’s because the body is producing dense internal scar tissue which restricts tissues from moving just as they ought.
Sometimes, this places strain on tendons causing inflammation, or it can pinch nerves. With movement now limited, and with related symptoms adding to their misery, it seems that there’s no end in sight. But treatments using the Active Release Technique help to break up the confining scar tissue, getting to the root of the problem. “Using Active Release Technique’s help patients to achieve proper healing and lasting relief,” says Lin. “At the Footwork Clinic, results match those achieved elsewhere – treatment time is significantly reduced, and patients are able to win the battle against persistent injuries.”
Move to Win
Lin notes that his treatment programs may involve a combination of therapies, but observes that the Active Release Technique, as a movement-based approach, combines well with other interventions designed to help the body heal itself. Simple as it might sound, practicing Active Release Technique’s effectively requires a very deep knowledge of anatomy. “In Active Release Technique alone there are around 500 treatment protocols to follow depending on the nature of the injury,” explains Lin. “Although it’s scientifically proven and globally recognized, it isn’t offered everywhere, precisely for this reason.”
As a former athlete who himself struggled to overcome sports-related injuries, Lin understands the frustration and pain that many of his patients experience. Helping them to regain freedom of movement and freedom from pain is what keeps this podiatrist getting up every morning. And it’s why he continues to explore therapies, both new and old, that have been proven effective in treating the foot and lower limb injuries that his patients are trusting him to correct.
The Footwork Clinic, situated in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD, is there to help should you have an injury or condition that you think would benefit from heat or ice treatment. They offer advanced manual therapies and a holistic and corrective care approach, with a proven track record of success in resolving acute and chronic conditions, and they will gladly offer advice to get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
For further information, visit the The Footwork Clinic – Leading Sports, Podiatry, Foot And Lower Limb Corrective Services to book online, or call Mark Lin or his friendly team on +61 2 9131 6891.
Want a faster response or ask us a quick question? Click here to chat with The Footwork Clinic LIVE on Facebook Messenger.
The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.
Article managed by Storybrand Website Designs & Digital Marketing Agency Results and Co