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Understanding Ankle Overpronation and How Neuromuscular Therapy Can Help

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Hello everyone,


It's Paulius here again, the founder of the JANMI Method. Today, I want to talk about a common issue that many people face—ankle overpronation—and how neuromuscular therapy can be a game-changer in managing this condition. If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain in your ankles, you might be dealing with overpronation. Let's explore what this means, why it happens, and how the JANMI Method, particularly our neuromuscular therapy techniques, can help you find relief.


What is Ankle Overpronation?


Ankle overpronation occurs when your foot rolls inward excessively as you walk or run. This inward roll causes the arch of your foot to flatten more than it should. While some pronation is normal and helps to absorb shock, overpronation can lead to various issues, including pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and even the lower back.


Causes of Overpronation


Factors that can contribute to overpronation:

1. Genetics: Some people are simply born with flat feet or a low arch, which can lead to overpronation.

2. Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes that lack proper support can exacerbate the issue.

3. Injury: Previous injuries to the foot or ankle can alter your gait and contribute to overpronation.

4. Weak Muscles: Weakness in the muscles of the foot and lower leg can lead to improper foot mechanics.

5. Obesity: Excess body weight can put additional stress on the feet, leading to overpronation.


Symptoms of Overpronation


Common symptoms of overpronation include:

- Pain in the arch of the foot or heel (often associated with plantar fasciitis)

- Swelling of the ankle (along the inside)

- Knee, hip, or lower back pain

- Calluses or bunions on the inside edge of the foot

- Shin splints


How Neuromuscular Therapy Can Help


Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a specialized form of manual therapy that focuses on treating the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction by addressing the relationship between the nervous system and the muscles. Here's how NMT can be particularly effective in managing ankle overpronation:

1. Assessing Muscle Imbalances:

One of the first steps in neuromuscular therapy is to assess the muscle imbalances that contribute to overpronation. This involves identifying which muscles are overactive (tight) and which are underactive (weak).

2. Targeted Muscle Release:

NMT uses techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release to target and release tight muscles that may be contributing to overpronation. For example, releasing tension in the calf muscles and the muscles on the inside of the foot can help improve foot mechanics.

3. Strengthening Weak Muscles:

In addition to releasing tight muscles, NMT includes exercises to strengthen weak muscles. Strengthening the muscles of the foot, ankle, and lower leg can improve stability and support, reducing the degree of overpronation.

4. Improving Proprioception:

This is how the body sense its position in space. Improving proprioception through neuromuscular therapy can enhance balance and coordination, helping to correct faulty movement patterns associated with overpronation.

5. Education and Prevention:

A crucial part of NMT is educating clients about their condition and how to prevent further issues. This includes advice on proper footwear, stretching, and strengthening exercises to maintain the benefits of therapy.


Interesting Facts About Overpronation and Neuromuscular Therapy


- Evolutionary Perspective: Human feet have evolved over millions of years to walk on natural surfaces like grass and sand. Modern surfaces such as concrete and asphalt can contribute to foot problems like overpronation.

- Global Issue: Overpronation is not just a problem in Western countries. It affects people all around the world and at any ages

- Holistic Approach: Neuromuscular therapy is not just about treating symptoms. It's about understanding the whole body and how different parts interact to create balance and stability.


Client Success Stories


Many clients have found significant relief from ankle overpronation through the JANMI Method's neuromuscular therapy. For instance, James, a marathon runner, struggled with chronic ankle pain due to overpronation. After several sessions of NMT, he experienced a remarkable improvement in his running performance and a significant reduction in pain.


Why Choose JANMI for Neuromuscular Therapy in London?


If you're looking for the best neuromuscular therapy in London, the JANMI Method offers unparalleled expertise and personalized care. Here's why you should consider us:

- Expert Practitioners: Our therapists are highly trained in neuromuscular therapy techniques and have extensive experience in treating overpronation and related conditions.

- Personalized Approach: We tailor each session to your specific needs, ensuring that you receive the most effective treatment possible.

- Comprehensive Care: Our holistic approach integrates neuromuscular therapy with other therapeutic techniques, providing comprehensive care for lasting results.

- Convenient Location: Located in Marylebone, we offer convenient access to top-quality neuromuscular therapy in London.


Conclusion


Ankle overpronation can be a significant source of discomfort and pain, but it doesn't have to be. Neuromuscular therapy, particularly as practiced through the JANMI Method, offers an effective solution to manage and alleviate the symptoms of overpronation. By addressing muscle imbalances, improving proprioception, and providing education on prevention, we help you achieve better foot mechanics and overall well-being.

If you're dealing with ankle overpronation, I invite you to explore the benefits of JANMI neuromuscular therapy. With our expert practitioners and personalized approach, we can help you find relief and improve your quality of life.


Warm regards,

Paulius Jurasius

Founder, JANMI Method


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