Recovery Treatments That Work Best for Athletes

How Athletes Heal: Which Recovery Treatments Work Best

Olympic athletes compete at such a high level, taxing their bodies during countless hours of training. Recovery plays an integral part of an athlete’s success, and requires a well-designed treatment plan.  In addition to nutrition plans, athletes utilize a variety of physical treatments and therapeutic procedures.  We’ve seen plenty of evidence at the 2016 Rio Olympics, including cupping and the use of Kinesio tape.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps displayed his bruises from the popular cupping therapy, a technique using suction cups that has been practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years.  We also saw Olympic Beach Volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings wearing Kinesio tape. This tape is meant to help stabilize loose joints and relieve strain on damaged soft tissue.

Which Method Works Best?

Cupping, Kinesio tape, dry needling, manipulation, massage, soft tissue mobilization , augmented soft tissue mobilization, ice bath, heat, compression, elevation, active release therapy, acupuncture…the list could go on and on.

And the answer is…

While all of these treatments can work, there are some approaches that are more beneficial than others.  Of course, this depends on the situation, the desired outcome, and the condition treated.  The goal of all recovery techniques is to trigger a physiological reaction. We want to increase healing potential by increasing circulation, facilitating muscle inhibition/relaxation or neuromuscular facilitation. These treatments all have a healing effect.

Olympic athletes who have tried several recovery methods rely on their rehab team’s advice for which is the best treatment for their body. At this level of competition, all athletes need something to rely on.

Our treatments of choice for acute recovery and healing include Dry Needling, ASTYM, manual therapy, neuromuscular education, Kinesio tape, compression, and active release techniques. For more information on Baudry Therapy physical therapy treatments, CLICK HERE.

The key to a speedy recovery is to get a physical evaluation from a licensed physical therapist and choose a treatment based on sound science and a strategic healing plan. Geaux TEAM USA!!!   You can get a FREE evaluation this Friday at B-RIO’s Adult Fitness Day.

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Find Relief from Neck Pain with Dry Needling

Find Relief from Neck Pain with Dry Needling

Taryn Cohn PT, MSPT, COMT, OCS

dry-needling-shoulderHave you ever felt like a boulder has taken up residence in your shoulder?  Had a day so stressful that it takes you two hours before your shoulders can separate themselves from your earlobes?  After a few days like this you may notice that there is pain in the neck that doesn’t ever seem to go away.  You may begin to realize you are no longer actually turning your head to look for oncoming traffic, but rather your entire torso.  Worst-case scenario that pain that started in your neck is now down the arm and into the hand.

Increased stress, poor postural habits, lifestyle and trauma can all be reasonable culprits of neck pain and compromised mobility.  Persistent or reoccurring pain can be frustrating and difficult to control if you don’t have the proper tools or professional intervention to manage your situation.

Dry needling is an excellent treatment for chronic or acute neck injury.  What makes dry needling so effective is its ability to get deep into the smaller muscle fibers of the neck.  The smaller muscles of the neck are designed for fine tuned movements like rotation.  While the larger muscles of the neck are more there for power, like supporting the neck and head to maintain an upright position.  It is with injury that these muscle groups no longer coordinate together in the manner they were designed and dysfunction begins to take place.  When the restrictions in the muscles are released with dry needling it is like hitting a reset button in the system, these structures are now more receptive to exercise because they are starting from a better place.   Stability and coordination in the system are going to allow for better healing and less frequency of re-occurring injury.

“After dry-needling I am just able to turn my head easier!”