No body likes to be injured, nor has time for them, least of all kids!
All injuries have an effect on the fascial web, but Sprained ankles are a common injury with lasting effects. This is because a rolled ankle effects the neuro-muscular activity of the hip and creates instability of the pelvis and with an unstable pelvis its like having a house built on sand – there's no stable base of support.
I have a plethora of stories of people I work on, but I wont share those stories, so I will share my own.
My son, rolled his ankle this week. He did a pretty good job of it after jumping from a height and landing on a small wood stump. The force of the landing was so, that it made an indentation in the sole of his running shoes. Upon landing he subsequently rolled his ankle. Ouch!
We had it checked out to make sure there were no breaks, and at that point I knew that the damage was soft tissue, especially as the swelling and bruising was now appearing. So we wrapped it, ice, applied some essential oils, and he felt much better. So much so that the next day he went to school and ran around on it (albeit somewhat gingerly). He came home that evening and as you might imagine, it was swollen and walking on it was very hard indeed.
I began work on his ankle, gently coming in to the area as it was very uncomfortable and painful to the touch! I followed the fascia deep into the joint and up into his lower leg. The tissue was softening beautifully and I kept following it up his lower leg and into his knee. There were many releases in his knee as the tissue then softened there too.
I just checked in with his ankle and it was stone cold! No swelling nor painful to touch. I asked him to get up and walk on it. He did, and turned to me with a big grin on his face and said “it's fixed!”
Whenever we experience trauma to the body, whether it be something minor such as stepping off a step wrong, or something major such as a car accident, the fascia always takes the force as it's the shock absorber. Just by the nature of physics that force has to go somewhere and it's the somewhere that we need to release in order for the body to work effectively.
If you have experienced an injury or have a child in a sport, get checked out with a qualified Myofascial Release Therapist in your area.