Bowing of the Legs
Genu varum (also called bow-leggedness) is a physical deformity marked by outward bowing of the leg in relation to the thigh, giving the appearance of an archer’s bow. Usually medial angulation of both the femur and tibia is involved.
Chiropractic and Active Release Technique (ART):
A postural and dynamic gait assessment will identify any biomechanical deficiencies as the bowing can cause problems and compensation to the body’s kinematic chain. Chiropractic adjustments will restore motion to the restricted joints of the knee/ankle/foot. Muscle tightness/adhesions can form in the legs, which can be addressed with the Active Release Technique (ART).
Shin Splints or Compartment Syndrome:
Shin splints are caused by overusing your lower legs or by using it incorrectly. Improper stretching, warm-up or exercise technique will increase the chances of shin splints. The soft tissue becomes inflamed due to the stress that has been put onto the shin. This area is enclosed in a compartment and if the tissue swells, there is no place for it to go so the pressure increases. The increased pressure makes it hard for the blood to flow freely and the net result is pain and sometimes tingling, numbness or weakness.
Chiropractic treatment of shin splints involves addressing any joint restrictions in the foot, ankle, and knee. Muscle tightness and imbalances are treated with soft tissue techniques, such as trigger point therapy or Active Release Technique. Chiropractic assesses any biomechanical deficiencies in the feet that may be causing the shin splints. If deemed appropriate, custom orthotics are prescribed to remedy the condition.
Acupuncture, in conjunction with other treatments, speeds up the healing process and decreases inflammation. Acupuncture does this by stimulating the natural release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. Dr. Rodwin is a certified acupuncturist and will recommend this method of treatment if it is warranted.
The goals of massage are to reduce any inflammation, pain, and swelling, muscle spasm, and trigger points. Massage will also maintain range of motion and muscle strength, as well as eliminate any scarring or adhesions.
A gait analysis would be completed to evaluate the biomechanics or imbalances that may be occurring at the foundation (feet). Pronation (flattening of the arches) can contribute to strain on the shin due to the inward rotation of the legs. Commonly increasing shock absorption at the heel can also alleviate some symptoms. Custom orthotics are posted accordingly and footwear advice is give to resolve this complaint.