Friday, March 17, 2017

Take the guesswork out of running better

There are all sorts of runners: marathoners, sprinters, joggers, soccer players, kid chasers, just to name a few. What do they all have in common? They want to run without pain! Whether it be in the foot, knee, hip, or low back, pain can take the enjoyment out of running and oftentimes prevent one from running at all. Many times it's unclear why the pain began and it can be frustrating figuring out how to get rid of it. Here at Duffy and Bracken, we specialize in getting to the root of the problem and resolving your running woes.

How, you may ask? First of all, we don't simply "eye ball" the problem. We use the latest technology to objectively assess your running form. Using wearable sensors on the legs, important data is collected while you run, such as ground reaction force, ground contact time, cadence, and leg loading symmetry. This helps us to determine how much impact is going through each leg and whether it could be resulting in injury.

Our running assessment also incorporates video recording to closely monitor what is happening at your joints, from head-to-toe, during each phase of the running cycle. Measuring the alignment of each joint helps us determine where along the "chain" suboptimal running mechanics may be occurring.

Finally, we assess your strength, range of motion, and flexibility to tease out the limitations that are contributing to suboptimal running mechanics. Using the synthesized findings from the assessment, we will develop an individually tailored training program to help you run more efficiently.

So if you're a runner, were a runner, or strive to be a runner, come on by for an assessment! We have the tools and expertise to help you achieve your running goals.

Hillary Keating, PT, DPT

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