How it works
what is it?
The Solushin is a patented medical device (ARTG #325902) that is clinically validated to treat medial tibial stress syndrome (commonly referred to as "shin splints") and improve your ankle range of motion.
The Solushin takes a research-based approach to treating shin splints:
1. Lengthen the soleus muscle
2. Compress the area of soreness and inflammation
For the clinicians out there, or those of you who are just curious to know more, the Solushin applies compression at the musclotendinous junctions in order to apply counter-traction and fascial release.
your soleus muscle
As a runner, triathlete, hockey player, soccer player or any kind of athlete, how often do you think about your calf muscle? If you're new to anatomy, here is a quick piece of information: that calf muscle is comprised of two muscles! The soleus muscle and the gastrocnemius.
Your soleus muscle is a flat, broad muscle that sits under the gastrocnemius. It's primary responsibility is plantarflexion of your foot (pointing it downwards). It's a key player in helping you walk, run and maintaining your balance. No wonder it get's tired, tight and sore.
The tent analogy
If you have ever ventured outdoors with a tent, you would know what happens to your rainfly (cover/roof) once you pull out a single stake at one of the corners. It reduces tension in the guy line and your once taut cover goes completely loose! Your soleus muscle is a bit like a tent. If we loosen up the tension at the corners, we will see the muscle respond by reducing in tension.
The Solushin targets the muscles stakes at three locations: top, middle and bottom. This has been shown to reduce overall tension in the muscle in a clinical setting with an average improvement in ankle range of motion (a measure of calf muscle tightness) of 21% in just one-hour!
4 key locations
1. the site of pain
A compressive rod targets the site of pain and inflammation. New to anatomy? This is referred to as the distal third of your postero-medial tibial border!
2. soleus muscle (top)
A rubber diamond targets the first of three areas of tension in your soleus muscle. Curious? This is referred to the lateral origin of the soleus muscle posterior to the head of the fibula.
3. soleus muscle (middle)
A rubber diamond targets the second of three areas of tension in your soleus muscle. Want more? This is referred to as the origin of the soleus muscle at the mid-diaphysis of the tibia (shin bone).
4. soleus muscle (bottom)
A rubber diamond targets the third of three areas of tension in your soleus muscle. Ready? This is referred to as the musculotendinous junction of the soleus muscle and Achilles tendon.
The Clinical Results
Double-Blinded Randomised Controlled Trial
The investigational device reduced shin splints symptoms after 5 weeks of regular use and this improvement was sustained in the long-term. Clinically, it has potential to benefit patients with shin splints as a useful adjunct to current treatment methods and could help to reduce the length of rest periods required and keep active individuals on the sporting field.
2019 Asics SMA Conference
Ankle Range of Motion (ROM) Study
The Solushin device has been shown to improve ankle ROM an average of 21%. It has potential, as an adjunct, to benefit several lower limb disorders where improving ankle ROM can reduce symptoms or play a role in preventing or slowing disease pathophysiology.
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