If you’re an aspiring or professional athlete, you may be experiencing the frustration of an overuse injury. And you’re probably painfully aware that overuse injuries are one of the most common reasons for a premature ending to a brilliant or aspiring career in professional sports. Though you’ve probably found that your sports medicine doctors have no cure for your problem, there may a permanent solution to your repetitive sports injury – it’s called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy greatly reduces or permanently eliminates chronic muscle and joint pain. Using many of the same principles of this therapy that I use on chronic pain patients, professional athletes who suffer with overuse (repetitive) injuries also get the same great results.
Let’s start with what’s most likely at the core of your overuse injury. My research shows that overuse injuries are the result of torsional mechanics. That is, instead of the postural joints and muscles moving symmetrically around their anatomical and physiological neutral positions, they function in an off-centered position (on the inner or outer margins of the joint) in an asymmetrical movement (moving in one direction more than the other).
For example, in an Oblique Patellar Tracking Pattern, the patella (knee cap) moves obliquely (at an angle) across the patellar groove during flexion and extension of the knee (instead of moving linearly within the patellar groove). This results in friction underneath the knee cap as it crosses the ridges of the patellar groove, resulting in inflammation and pain.
Torsional mechanics result in overuse injuries. Repetitive injuries that never completely heal are the most common reason that athletes are forced into premature retirement.
In order to reverse the affects of torsional mechanics on the body, it’s necessary to return the body back into linear mechanics. This can only be done when the cause(s) that force the body to move torsionally, are isolated and eliminated.
The most common cause of torsional mechanics is two inherited, abnormal foot structures: the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. In both these foot structures, the foot twists (abnormally pronates) when you stand, walk or run. This abnormal twist in the foot cascades up the postural framework into the knees, hips, back and neck resulting in inflammation and degeneration within these tendons and joints.
Where the specific overuse injury occurs varies from athlete to athlete, but usually occurs in the weakest joint in the postural chain. For instance, if you had a minor and seemingly insignificant injury to your ankle, this sets up your ankle joint to be the weak link in the postural chain and is most likely where your overuse injury will occur. Over time, your pain can become so consistent that you may no longer be able to compete at the same level of efficiency.
The only way these overuse injuries will heal (and allow you to again compete at a high level of efficiency in your chosen sport) is to return your body back to linear mechanics. Linear mechanics is where your joints and muscles are moving symmetrically around their anatomical and physiological neutral positions. This is accomplished using an intervention called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy Is The Solution For Repetitive Sports Injuries
Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy is based on a paradigm referred to as the neurophysiological model. This model states that a neurophysiological pathway exists between the bottom of your feet and your cerebellum (the part of your brain that determines how your body moves).
The plantar surfaces of your feet are embedded with millions of touch-activated mechanical receptors. While you are standing, walking or running at any given moment, certain areas of your feet that are touching the ground are activated, forming a pattern of stimulation. This pattern of stimulation sends a signal to your cerebellum, which your cerebellum uses to determine how the weight bearing joints in your body will move and how the muscles around those joints are used.
If you were born with a Rothbarts Foot or a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, your foot will twist and the patterns of stimulation being sent to your cerebellum will be distorted. Acting on these distorted signals, your cerebellum will shift your body’s posture, resulting in torsional mechanics.
To correct this sequence of events, your body’s posture needs to be shifted into a better position (good posture). The better your posture, the more linear your body mechanics will be. This is done through Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
Using proprietary computerized postural analyses, I isolate the postural shifts and resulting torsional mechanics in each of your weight bearing joints. Using this information, I fabricate prescriptive Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles to improve your postural alignment and diminish your torsional mechanics – moving your body towards more linear mechanics. I repeat this process one or two times over a period of 12 to 18 months, incrementally decreasing your torsional mechanics (which increases your linear mechanics) so that by the end of therapy your body is in a position where it is functioning in a position where your linear mechanics are at a level of efficiency where your overuse injuries are resolved by your body’s innate ability to heal itself.
If you aspire to be a professional athlete or are already at the top, you know that if you want to get there and stay there, you must keep your body strong and injury free. The solution to your overuse sports injury is to shift your body from torsional mechanics to linear mechanics. Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy is the means to accomplish this.
If you’re searching for a solution to your repetitive sports injury, reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that can hinder you from achieving your full potential. Reading this information can help you to determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that prevent you from reaching your optimal level of sports performance, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
If you would like to contact me regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain