These drills from The Running School (R) , have great potential for improving the trunk and lower limb strength and stability in a range of age groups.
I can see this style of exercise being particulary effective and engaging for teenagers. JS Physio MSc
Bristol Physio John Stephenson has been providing movement retraining courses for Health Professionals & Physiotherapists since 1999. He also works on a 1:1 basis with private clients wishing to improve their low back stability and running efficiency. Or for a more gentle introduction, ask about the Walk:BacK & Row:BacK programmes!
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So, nigh on a month ago, I ran just a little too hard up Park Street, and that slight twitch in my left ankle, became a ‘No. No I will not walk (let alone run) anymore’. I was thankful it had come near Christmas as I’d actually have some time to rest… but 2 weeks of difficulty walking (and I love to walk), and I was persuaded a visit to the GP was in order… She confirmed it was muscular and rest and gradually building it up was for the best… Two weeks after that, and my 12km peaks have dwindled to 5km if I’m lucky – before the pain reminds me that perhaps I’m starting too soon again.
So time to seek out a professional. A specialist in the running-injury-field. A (deep-breath) physiotherapist.
I must admit I was impressed. Within 10 minutes it had been discovered that irrespective of the regular running and years of yoga, one leg is stronger than the other. This, it has became apparent, is because my right leg is more flexible and thus my left-leg has to do a unique curve-and-twist to keep up… therefore making my ankle exposed to falling at an unusual angle and ultimately weakening it. Oh the vulnerabilities of the body.
Thankfully I’m told that while there are two elements to the problem, they can both be quite comfortably overcome.
Firstly I was educated that while an injury may appear in one area e.g. my ankle, actually the whole body is connected by nerves, and thus its cause may be somewhere else entirely… For me it seems that part of my spine had less give in it (all that hunched over revision I’m told!), however within half an hour and a few twists and loud cracks of the body later, and that seemed to have been de-scrunched!
The second part is slightly harder, because of the lack of give on my left side, John tells me my brain has developed new paths to overcome this – enabling me to run normally etc, however these have become part of the problem because they then expose my ankle to injury, therefore I need to retrain my body and the neural pathways. Apparently this will involve conscious walking and quiet running…. We’ll see how that goes next week!
Until then it’s neural flossing, Pilates rolling onto shoulders and core stability running arms – lets see how this goes!
Speaking at the recent Physiotherapists in Sports conference, former Olympic USA coach Vern Gambetta called on delegates to consider the whole body and the brain when treating patients. ‘If it hurts, we look for where it hurts, and we rehab the hell out of that, and leave the rest of it,’ he said.
‘You can see a lot by watching’ – Gambetta said, ‘We miss what we don’t see. Sometimes it’s as simple as watching someone from all sides.’
This approach resonates and underpins everything we do in the AAA-Physio clinic at Moti – Which is why we get great results!
So if your are stuck in a loop of; injury – rest – re-injury and can’t see a way out. Book some expert help from the Therapy Team at Moti
Really enjoying the Learn to Run approach: Learning to run from scratch!
I feel that I have now been introduced into a world of education and improved physical health and know that each session will bring me something new and will make my running more efficient and enjoyable.
– I now feel more energised! (Thanks! That’s what we do at AAA! – Ed. PhysioJohn)
Plantar fasciitis – right-wing vegetable, or heel condition that’s preventing me from running?
The latter, definitely the latter.
But Physio John is on the case and I’ve had my first two sessions of physio to get me up and running again. At the first introductory session I was introduced to exercises which John referred to as ‘neural flossing’ – lying on my back with left knee (the side affected) bent, raised and held across my body and then extended with three different foot positions to ’floss’ the neural connections between foot, calves, thighs and back. These connections are clearly not working as they should as John demonstrated to me with tests that showed my left leg and foot lacking the strength of the right.
He also suggested my sitting position at work – usually a little hunched – wasn’t helping, and so I’ve been working on that, clearing the clutter on my desk that gets in the way of a more healthy posture and trying to get rid of the mental clutter that doesn’t help either…
I had my second session on Friday, reporting that in spite of flossing neutrally for the last week that things hadn’t really improved, or perhaps only marginally. John said not to worry, that these things take time… We also looked in more detail at my sitting posture and even as I write his words are ringing in my ears and my lower back gently pushed forward and my shoulders square.
I had my second session on Friday. This time I took away with me an exercise that had me slowly arching my back while lying flat, working along the spine like wallpaper being plastered, as well as a much better sense that the problem in my left heel is a problem not just of the foot but of my whole body. This holistic, interconnected approach makes sense to me, but like a lot of people I need reminding of it from time to time. And so I’ve already been looking into yoga classes and thinking of other ways I can improve my general health and wellbeing…
The best news though was that twenty-four hours later and after a day full of walking in shoes probably not ideal for a heel condition, I’ve noticed a definite improvement. It’s redoubled my determination to do my homework and improve my posture.
It’s not running, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction…