Healing Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles pain is usually secondary to tight calves. There are several things that can cause tight calves which result in sore Achilles tendons.

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What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?

  • The first thing you should do is drink more water. I had a problem with very sore Achilles tendons a while back. Then I came across an article that mentioned that dehydration can cause your calves to tighten up and in turn pull on your Achilles tendons. This may sound silly but this one simple thing could help your Achilles tendons. Pay attention to when you are not diligent at drinking 8-10, 8-ounce glasses of water a day or when you have been sweating a lot and not replenishing your water.
  • Next, be sure that you are wearing the proper shoes. Worn out athletic shoes, flat unsupportive shoes, heels or flip-flops can all irritate your Achilles tendons.
  • Vary your exercise routine, repetitive exercise such as biking or running can cause the muscles in your calves to tighten.
  • Don't push your body too fast and too hard when you begin exercising.
  • A sudden increase in activity.
  • Doing sports that require a sudden stop and start.
  • Not stretching and warming up properly prior to exercising.

What do I do Once I Have it?

There are a number of things you can do once you have Achilles tendonitis. If you are serious about really digging in and getting this problem solved invest some money into the proper tools to help you do it. 

Try a heel lift, the Warwick brand on Amazon is adjustable so you can raise or lower your heel until you find the right height. If one of your legs is shorter than the other it can really cause havoc on your Achilles tendons and your low back. Give this a try it is inexpensive and can really help.

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The second product is to get a good hot and cold pack wrap for your ankle. Be diligent about this and do it as many times a day as you can. Alternate between hot and cold.

Next, BFTS, King Brand, makes a boot that delivers electrical impulses to your tendons, this is yet another way of increasing blood flow to the area.

Use support tape, taping your Achilles is a simple yet effective way to help you when you are active and trying to heal your Achilles' tendons. It is simple to do and the utube provided here will give you direction on how to apply it. 

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This technique is used all over the body to remove adhesions in the that cause pain and injury.

This technique is used all over the body to remove adhesions in the that cause pain and injury.

The Graston Technique is another very effective way to heal your Achilles' tendons. For more information watch the tube I have provided here. This is something you can do on your own if you watch the video.

Healing your Achilles' tendons will require some diligent effort on your part but you will be rewarded if you invest time and a little money in these products to help you through this process. There are also a variety of stretching and strength building exercises you can do as well.

I personally have found that the Graston Method, drinking enough water, and stretching are what are most effective.

Stay diligent in your pursuit to heal and be healthy and you will be rewarded for your efforts.  

Sound Wave Therapy for Pain, Injuries and Erectile Dysfunction

Sound Wave Therapy for Pain, Injuries and Erectile Dysfunction

Cutting Edge Therapy for Sports Injuries and Erectile Dysfunction.

Cutting Edge Therapy for Sports Injuries and Erectile Dysfunction.

Sound Wave Therapy is a new cutting edge treatment for pain and injuries. The power of Sound Wave Therapy is tremendous, let me give you an example.

My husband was a water well driller. Occasionally he would come up against some solid bedrock or huge boulders that he would need to drill through. He would use special bits to drill through the rock or in the case of a boulder he would dynamite a hole through the rock to continue drilling. Another alternative for him would have been to use sound waves to drill through the rock. That’s right sound waves are so powerful they can drill right though solid rock. Now we didn’t have a sound wave drilling rig but I wanted to give you the idea of just how powerful sound waves are and the different things they are used for. Dentists are also using sound wave technology for drilling their patients teeth. 

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Sound Wave Therapy 

Relieve pain quickly with this new technology!

I pulled my hamstring for the umpteenth time and I had heard about Sound Wave Therapy so I decided to give it a try. There are machines you can purchase online for at home use and although I haven’t tried them I know they are not nearly as powerful as the ones that pain clinics have, (I plan to try one so I will let you know how they work when I do).

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Different tips are used for intensity of treatment.

Smaller ones are more intense while the larger ones spread out the waves more. 

My First Experience With Sound Wave Therapy

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The doctor explained to me that they had different size nozzles they would use depending on the areas they treated. The smaller nozzles are much more direct and intense while the larger ones are more spread out and not as deep in penetration. When they get near the bone they use a nozzle that isn’t as direct because it can get painful near the bone so they just lighten it up in those areas. I was having my pulled hamstring treated a few days after injury. The machine makes a loud rapping sound as it pulsates the sound through the muscle. The doctor traveled up and down my hamstring using me as a guide to tell them when they hit areas that were in the zone that was tender. Then other areas were treated such as the QL Muscle and my Gluteus Muscles knocking out any tight areas or knots that may have developed from the pull. I would describe the process of feeling like I was being tenderized. The power of the sound waves was unbelievable. It pulsates deep through the muscle causing some bruising which increases blood flow. Sound Wave therapy also breaks up scar tissue and loosens up the whole injured area. The treatment takes about 15-20 minutes and the cost is about $300.00 for 3-4 sessions. I had great relief after the first session and I would wait a day or two in between before repeating it. After the second session I was able to go back to playing tennis. Normally when I would pull my hamstring I’d be out for weeks and then even after that I’d need to wear a support and be really careful for months, (I highly recommend a Body Helix Support if you do ever pull your hamstring they are the best money can buy for this type of injury).

Sound Wave Therapy can be Used for Numerous Conditions Even Erectile Dysfunction 

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There may be a new choice before too long.

Sound Wave Therapy Being Used to Increase Blood Flow

Sound wave is the only other treatment in the past 15 years besides Viagra, Cialis and Levitra for Erectile Dysfunction.

These little pills can help men be able to have sex by increasing blood flow to the penis. Unfortunately there are many side affects caused by these drugs, congestion, headaches, heartburn, dizziness and sudden hearing loss. A new alternative called Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy or (ESWT) could provide a long term solution according to several studies by the European Society for Sexual Medicine in Madrid, Spain.

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One Study by ESWT was conducted on 112 men with Erectile Dysfunction. Half of them received 5 weekly does of intensity high frequency sound wave treatments on their penis in 6 different locations. The other half received a placebo. (Scandinavian Journal of Urology, (doi.org/bch9).

The treatment seems to increase blood flow by increasing the number of blood vessels in the penis says Ilan Gruenwald of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel and if this is true this could be a long term fix.

Another study done by ESWT found that men who did not respond well to traditional drugs with Erectile Dysfunction did respond well to this treatment. The treatment is completely harmless because the sound waves used are of such a low energy as stated by Delphine Behr Rousell of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University in France who is studying the affects of ESWT on rats. 

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Choose the healthiest options available to you.

ESWT is offered in some clinics around the world, Trinity Bivalacqua at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland says he would not offer it yet until treatments are standardized. However he is hopeful for this new therapy and hopes to see it used in the very near future.