Our methodology is to educate, to rehabilitate and to coach runners to become efficient and effective in moving through space by applying the latest in running medicine research and providing meaningful hands-on care and exercise prescription. We stick by the standard that one should get in shape to run rather than run to get in shape. We employ the ChiRunning/ChiWalking method, leverage years of experience running various levels of endurance events, and capitalize on video analysis to communicate these straightforward yet important lessons so your running can be as effortless and as healthy as possible.
Like any specialized population the injured runner requires a rehabilitative approach that may look in the beginning very similar to other patients with the same condition, but eventually, the runner-patient will need to be prepared in a task-, activity-, and sport-specific manner to be able to endure high degrees of repetitive loading and unloading (2.5-3X their own body weight!). Similar to clients coming to us for running help, but who are not injured, we utilize a blend of tools that evaluate barriers, both in mobility and stability, that may influence acquisition of more efficient running form. Yet different from the non-injured client our runner-patients are progressed in a manner that ultimately serves the healing process first and the running process second.
As runner-patients you will receive hands-on care (manual therapy) to address any soft tissue or joint mobility restrictions that are borne out of the evaluation process. Once advances in mobility are made we can then work on rewriting the software your nervous system is using to move your body through space against gravity. This takes shape in the form of re-educational exercises and drills which may start as more mentally challenging but eventually progress to more running-specific movement patterns.