Our Running Programs

Steps To a More Complete, Healthier, Stronger RUNNING PROGRAM

Are you a heel-striker, mid-foot or fore-foot runner? Do you have a tendency to over or understride? Is your arm-swing/trunk rotation adequate to engage your core rather than just your legs in your running? Based on your body make-up the answer to these questions and many more differ from runner to runner – there is no one size fits all answer.

Most endurance athletes spend many hours or days per year with form analysis and technique drills. Most runners have never “learned” how to run. Although often thought of as a simple activity, running is one of the more complex activities that our bodies can partake in. Running is a sport that requires complex movement patterns though multiple joints and muscles in our bodies. These movement patterns are performed not just in one plane but all three planes of motion – each joint and muscle’s movement, dependent on those muscles and joints above and below it.

Training routines are best developed by running coaches. Running form and biomechanics are best taught by a Physical Therapist. With every runner we are committed to first performing a comprehensive evaluation, throughout the biomechanical chain. This evaluation process may include computerized-video running analysis (utilizing the Dartfish Software for movement analysis).

The comprehensive evaluation sets the framework for a treat program which will include the appropriate direct “hands on” treatment in addition to clinical (when needed) and home based exercise. We will use the most current concepts in medical and exercise science to achieve the short and long term rehabilitation, fitness and wellness goals of the runner.

Hands On Physical Therapy Offers a Full Spectrum of Running Options from Dynamic Flexibility Programs to Computerized Video Analysis & Everything in Between

 

Running — More Than Just Miles Logged
As runners we are notorious for “running through” our injuries. As a group we are also known for our dedication and commitment to our sport of running. Despite our dedication and commitment to our sport, we often ignore current medical and exercise science. Often we are so anxious to get out on the roads and trails that we minimize or neglect our flexibility and strength training programs.

Without attention to running specific Strength and Flexibility, our running is at best compromised and at worst plagued with recurrent injury, discomfort and training frustration.

Although often thought of as a simple activity, running is one of the more complex activities that our bodies can partake in. Running is a sport that requires complex   movement patterns though multiple joints and muscles in our bodies. These movement patterns are performed not just in one plane but all three planes of motion – each joint and muscle’s movement, dependent on those muscles and joints above and below it.

Commonly Treated Running Injuries
Running injuries are commonly diagnosed and treated as an injury specific to the area of symptoms. It is not uncommon that this sort of symptom specific treatment provides only short term or no relief of the offending injury.

If it is kept in mind that pain/symptoms in one area are being influenced by the muscles and joints above and below that area, it can easily be seen that the cause of the symptom may lie in an area different from the pain. The following list is of common running injuries that often have an underlying cause above or below the area of symptoms (this list is not meant to be inclusive of all possible injuries):

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Back Pain/Lumbar Pain
  • Chronic Hamstring, Quad & Calf Strains/Sprains
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Hip Pain/Hip Pointers
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Knee Pain/Chondromalcia
  • Neck Pain/Cervical Pain
  • Patellar Tracking issues/Tendonitis/Pain
  • Plantarfacitis/Foot Pain/Falling Arches
  • Rib Cage Pain/Shortness of Breath
  • Sacral/Sacral-Iliac/SIJ Pain
  • Shoulder and Scapular Pain
  • Thoracic Pain

Hands On Physical Therapy’s Treatment Philosophy
Runners as a group spend much thought and consideration with things such as the proper clothing, shoes, diet, Physician. Shouldn’t that same consideration be put forth to what Physical Therapist works with you? At Hands On Physical Therapy, we believe that it should!

With every runner we are committed to first performing a comprehensive evaluation, not only at the level of the injury, but throughout the biomechanical chain. This evaluation  process may include computerized-video running analysis (utilizing the Dartfish Software for movement analysis).

The comprehensive evaluation sets the framework for a treat program which will include the appropriate direct “hands on” treatment in addition to clinical and home based exercise. We will use the most current concepts in medical and exercise science to achieve the short and long term rehabilitation, fitness and wellness goals of the runner.

The runner’s foot and its proper mechanics, is one key to their success. We will assess the specific needs of each runner and teach you the individually specific components needed in a running shoe. We will work hand-in-hand with local running shoe experts to get you into the correct shoe or off-the-shelf orthotic. In the event that a custom orthotic is necessary, all the steps from measurement and casting through the final fitting can be done through Hands On Physical Therapy.

Call Hands On Physical Therapy and take the first steps to a healthier more efficient running program today -- 541-312-2252



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