THE WHAT, WHEN, WHO, AND HOW.
Dorsiflexion is defined as flexion of the foot in an upward direction and occurs at the ankle. When our foot is pulled into this rigid position, the toes are higher than the heel when considering a horizontal plane. The primary muscles responsible for dorsiflexion include the tibialis anterior, extensor hallicus longus, extensor digitorum longus, and peroneus teritus. These mucles are part of the anterior compartment of the leg. This simple movement can cause complex problems for athletes, especially runners.
A loss of range of motion is often seen among active individuals as a result of scar tissue and adhesions that build along the fascia of overused muscles. This ultimately leads to compromised biomechanics and inefficient movement patters in the foot and lower leg. Too frequently, these compromises are not addressed until they have present them self in the form of a debilitating condition, such as, foot drop or plantar fasciitis.
At Trigger Point Performance Therapy we have seen dramatic results by empowering individuals to use Myofascial Compression Techniques (MCT) and our products to release adhesions and scar tissue in their lower leg. Our Footballer is used to massage the soleus muscle, an antagonist to the Dorsiflexors, and the TP Massage Balls target any build up that resides in the fascia of the tibialis anterior. Daily self massage along these muscles in the lower leg will offer critical and necessary improvements in biomechanics, commonly resulting in the cure of foot problems related to a lack of range of motion, limiting dorsiflexion.
Time to get rolling!