Would rolfing be beneficial in regaining mobility in a broken ankle?
David Murphy (New York, NY) on Apr 18, 2012
Most likely, yes, but get the screws taken out first. I would have a hard time giving you a definitive answer without seeing you first, but more than likely, you'll know whether it's helping after a single session. Sometimes with surgeries, depending on how they did the operation, it may be impossible to return mobility to the joint, but even if the joint is frozen, opening up the surrounding tissues can increase mobility by allowing the tissue to glide around the restricted area. That can make all the difference.
Anastasia Nocentelli (Dallas, TX) on Apr 18, 2012
In my opinion, myofascial release and trigger point therapy may be your best initial option. After a few sessions of therapy, you may want to try rolfing.
Howard Rontal (Potomac, MD) on Apr 18, 2012
Yes, Rolfing or any of its derivatives (Hellerwork, for instance) will be of real use to you. After you experience a broken bone, the fascial tissue (the white membrane that wraps all muscles and every division within individual muscles) becomes hard, short, rigid and adhesive. Rolfing strokes, far more than conventional massage, are effective in releasing the fascia in such cases. You should notice a difference in just one session. A few more sessions and the change will probably be permanent. Make sure the Rolfer knows how to work the interosseous membrane of the lower leg.
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Apr 18, 2012
Yes, Structural Integration works with connective tissue/fascia and thus can be very helpful in opening up areas affected by scar tissue from injury or surgery. I have worked with many clients on things like this, and also had Rolfing work done on myself after knee surgery.
Christina Richards (New York, NY) on Apr 18, 2012
Yes, Rolfing will help you regain mobility. After injury and surgery the fascia gets denser and thicker due to lack of movement and protection. Rolfing stretches the fascia network, allowing for more mobility in the joints. I have worked with a client who broke her leg skiing. Rolfing helped her regain mobility. I was a professional dancer and had knee surgery for a meniscus tear. Until I was Rolfed many years later, I was unaware of the compensations that had occurred in my body due to protecting the injured knee. Looking forward to helping you regain mobility and addressing your compensations.
Anne Sotelo (Los Angeles, CA) on Apr 18, 2012
Rolfing is just what the doctor ordered for freeing up any fascial restrictions, and that may be what you find when the screws come out. Ask your doctor to tell you when your ankle's soft tissue has recovered enough for bodywork. You will probably have to wait at least 6 weeks after surgery before having Rolfing.
Peggy Richards (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 28, 2012
I believe that Rolfing will definitely help your ankle mobility in the long run. The muscles that are primarily responsible for your foot and ankle movement are in your lower leg and attach to the bones of your foot and ankle. Releasing your lower leg fascia will give your feet relief from stiffness and will help with the alignment of the bones in your legs and ankle. The ankle, where the specific site of stiffness is, can be Rolfed as well.
Elaine Lee (Santa Cruz, CA) on Apr 18, 2012
There is a good probability that a Rolfer can help you restore some mobility in your ankle. It sounds like you have done a lot of good work on it yourself, and there is much that stretching, active and passive movement, and manual therapy (such as that found in a PT setting) can do. A Rolfer can then look at how well the bones of your leg and foot work with each other, and how the tendons, ligaments and muscles around the joint have adapted to your injury and subsequent recovery process. Restrictions in the bony articulations or in the associated soft tissues will almost certainly restrict mobility in your ankle. I encourage you to seek out a Rolfer in your area to supplement what you are already doing to rehabilitate your ankle.
Minki Kim (Astoria, NY) on Apr 18, 2012
Yes, the soft-tissue manipulation of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration can definitely facilitate the healing process of your ankle. Stubborn, nagging injuries are a great incentive for clients to check out Structural Integration. Like you said, your mobility may be hindered due to injury. Over time, injuries may cause fascial (soft-tissue) adhesions in the injured area, which can glue these layers together, impeding range of motion and flexibility and creating pain, tension and aches. Realistically speaking, even if your ankle does not regain its full range of motion, the Rolf Method can surely restore its function to 80%-90% of normal, while improving function throughout other structures of the body as well. It iss apparent you take responsibility for your body, so with some patience and persistence alongside proper stretching, strengthening, and soft-tissue manipulation, your body can bounce back. I would recommend that you wait until the screws are extracted from your ankle and you are fully healed from this procedure before seeking bodywork. Thanks for the question! Hope this helps! -Minki Kim of MKSI - Minki Kim Structural Integration