Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is a condition that generally presents in athletes and commonly causes pain at the outer (lateral) aspect of the knee where the ITB crosses the knee joint. It generally occurs due to excessive training volumes, intensities, durations, frequencies, following a sudden increase in training, change in surface or footwear. Any activity which involves repetitive knee bending and straightening, particularly in weight bearing, can contribute to the development of this condition (i.e. walking, running, cycling, rowing). ITB syndrome illustrates a condition whereby the ITB rubs against the bony prominence at the lateral aspect of the knee. This typically causes inflammation and damage to the ITB and local tissue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Treatment by a Myotherapist to the ITB band is vital to help with the healing process and furthermore to optimise the outcome and reduce the likelihood of recurrence.
Some techniques a Myotherapist may apply for this condition are .: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Soft tissue massage – TFL/ITB, Vastus Lateralis
- Joint Mobilisation – to the knee and the patellofemoral joint
- Dry needling
- Strengthen exercises to take home ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These headaches shown in the diagram above are the four most common headaches. Today at @integrated_myo we will touch on the migraine headache as we know how debilitating they can be.
Chronic Migraine Headaches (CMH) are classified as one of the most common neurological disorders and often described as severe pain to one side of the head. Commonly CMH is broken up into two main categories, with or without aura; migraines without aura are classified as the ‘common migraine’ where the patient may experience pre migraine symptoms or alteration of the central nervous system which may include, mood changes, food cravings, a change in perception, memory dysfunction, excessive yawning and pain which can stop an individual from doing their normal daily activities. A migraine with aura is related to the decrease of cerebral blood flow, which develops progressively over five to twenty minutes and lasting for less than one hour. Auras are usually visual but in some cases can be sensory and also auditory disturbances are encountered. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here at Integrated Myotherapy a qualified Myotherapist is able to treat the muscles and the skeletal system by employing a range of techniques such as soft tissue therapy, mobilisation and dry needling.
- Soft tissue work will ease stressed muscles in the head and neck area and also encourages circulation. Mobilisation techniques are also adopted if patients have not responded to other treatments.
- A technique in particular that would be beneficial is the Mulligan Concept that involves mobilisation with movement, which has the ability to have immediate and enduring results.
- Dry needling can also be applied to stimulate trigger points, which will help ease pain by promoting the production of endorphins. ⠀⠀