Today we introduce our first part (of many!) in our CTM Band Injury Series. The band can be used in so many ways to both prevent and treat the common musculoskeletal aches and pains that we get. This will be an outline of the specifics on how to fully implement and take advantage of what the CTM Band has to offer.
First up? It’s one we all know and hate: plantar fasciitis! Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most frustrating injuries to conquer due in part to how chronic it can become. The first step in beating PF is figuring out the underlying mechanics of how you got it in the first place. One of the most common underlying mechanical issues is a lack of mobility in the foot and it’s surrounding areas, namely the calf and foot itself. Relieving the restriction/tightness in the gastrocnemius, soleus, flexor hallicus/digitorum, and intrinsic muscles of the foot are all key!
How do you check whether this is you? Try an ankle dorsiflexion test:
Did you experience any tightness in your calf, ankle, or foot? If so, then the CTM band can help! Check out our video below on how to treat your PF using the band.
As the video notes, these exercises should be done daily both before and after your workout. Doing these exercises are also a great way to prevent injuries like PF, Achilles pain, calf strains, and shin splints which all can come from restriction in these areas. A proper evaluation from a qualified professional is course still recommended, but using our band can be a great addition to your rehab. Let us know if you have any questions!