Patients and clinicians often stretch the ankle into dorsiflexion as that is a common motion loss. However, if the perception of pain/stiffness is strong, the nervous system will not allow end range to be obtained.
A novel strategy to increase ankle mobility for loss of dorsiflexion is repeated ankle plantarflexion/inversion. This may be uncomfortable and if so, use of an EDGE Mobility Band wrapped in a figure 8 often helps reduce perceived threat. Try 10-20 reps of slow, end range loading and recheck ankle mobility.
Ankle Plantarflexion/Inversion Reset with EDGE Mobility Band
This is one of the many instructional videos found in the newly updated IASTM Technique 2.0. Click here to learn more.
Interested in live cases where I apply this approach and integrate it with pain science, manual therapy, repeated motions, IASTM, with emphasis on patient education? Check out Modern Manual Therapy!
Keeping it Eclectic...