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Friday, August 15, 2014

Compression Band for Plantar Fasciitis, Ankle Sprains and Knee Pain

At the request from multiple people, this post is focused on how to use a compression band (voodoo band) for the lower extremity. The feedback I receive after being wrapped is the treatment area feels lighter, more mobile and less achy. This is does not fix an injury but a way to manage your symptoms.
On the left is a home-made compression band from a bike tube.
On the right, is the compression band aka. voodoo band

How the compression band works

The band works by providing a compression onto the connective tissue. Imagine our connective tissue as a kitchen sponge. When it is being used, the sponge soaks up dirt and grime. When the sponge is compressed the dirty fluid is squeezed out and upon release fresh water is absorbed. By pushing stagnant fluid out and allowing fresh fluid to enter, our soft tissue is lubricated and mobility is restored! Drink Water!

How to use the compression band

Stretch the band about 50-75% and cover half of the prior band. I recommend performing stepping motions in all 3 planes of motion to maximally compress the different aspects of the connective tissue. The band stays on for no more then 2 minutes maximum!
DO NOT use the band if you have peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy or being treated for cancer. Take the compression band off if the tissue becomes gray, have numbness and tingling or have sudden claustrophobia

The band can be purchased online or you can cut a bike tube in half and split down the middle for a flat band. Note: A bike tube is much shorter then the 7-foot band and you'll smell like rubber.

I will demonstrate on to use the band for the lower extremity - foot, ankle and knee. 
The band can help reduce symptoms associated with plantar fascia, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis and general knee pain. 

Plantar Fasciitis 

Start the wrap at the base of your toes and wrap around the foot and onto the ankle. Tuck the end in. You can perform toe curls and extensions, ankle pumps and ankle circles. For the best effect perform a lunge matrix. 

Ankle Sprains and Pain

For ankle sprains, start the band the base of the ankle. Always start the band distal to the ankle to push the swelling into the leg to be absorbed. You want to cover the skin as much as you can so the swelling doesn't get pushed into the uncompressed area. Covering the entire surface around the ankle can be tricky. I recommend completely covering the heel with one circle and angling the ankle down.

This method can also be used for Achilles tendonitis.

Knee pain 

Start the band below the kneecap. You should have enough the cover the entire knee. Tuck the end of the band under the. You can bend and straighten your knee at different angles or contract your quadriceps muscles. My recommendation...  a lunge matrix!

The band can also be used around your muscles such as quadriceps and calf. 

Please see your MD if your pain is a chronic or serious injury.

Those who have use this please comment and give your feedback!

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