Did you know…
Did you know that BodyFit Physical Therapy offers a 27 Point-Running Analysis?
As a runner myself of 2 Marathons (Disney & Boston) and multiple Half Marathons (Simsbury, Hyannis, Mystic…and a bunch during my Marathon Training), I have learned a thing or two about what it takes to train for these big races! And even if you are not training for bigger mileage races like a half or full marathon, the demands of training to run your first 5k or increasing your pace to get faster for a 5k or 10k can still pose some challenges that a skilled and running experience therapist can help you with.
ISSUES THAT COME UP:
Lack of awareness of asymmetries in the hips, knees and lower legs/ankles.
*Not preparing the body properly for running such as not addressing imbalances in the lower leg musculature, whether
it be in mobility and/or strength, can cause stress to your muscles and joints, leading to injury.
*I completely believe that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to running form, but I do believe that some runners
could develop bad habits in form that can lead to injury. In my experience, subtle tweaks in this form can improve the
pain and ultimately lead to improving mileage tolerance and increase pace.
*The core—abdominals, transverse/obliques, pelvic floor and glutes all play a part in stabilizing your trunk/pelvis to
avoid unnecessary stress to the back and legs. These imbalances can show up in a treadmill running analysis and in
*Yes, your sneakers/running shoes matter. It is a piece of the puzzle that generally always needs some discussion that
may lead to an adjustment and/or referral.
*Going too hard for too long can lead to a breakdown in tissue mobility, strength, form and stabilization. When an injury
occurs, it is time to get help and determine where the issue is coming from. A second set of eyes to look at you from a
system-to-system approach is best vs. just stopping your running all together and/or running through the pain.
*Not hydrating and providing the proper nutrition to your body during your training can greatly deplete your body of it’s
resources to repair and build. In addition, knowing when/how to provide nutrition and hydration during your runs is
crucial to a healthy body while running and for recovery after your run. We will discuss what program (if any) you follow
and see if that needs work.
*You need sleep! While you sleep you repair your body both mentally and physically. Studies indicate that everyone
needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep and there are a small (very small) percentage of people who can get away with less.
Poor sleeps negatively affects your recovery.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU…
My 27-Point Running Analysis includes everything I touched on in the above section.
It includes a complete movement analysis, head to toe, looking at 27 different regions/movement tests, utilizing my
Physical Therapy Evaluation Techniques as well as a applying a Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
I examine your footwear-old running shoes, new running shoes, inserts, orthotics, and even what you wear during the
We look at you on the treadmill and video you from all angles to check on form and cadence, and check in on where
there is pain to determine if within session, we can apply a treatment or mobilization that can improve it immediately.
We then discuss what regions and issues you need to focus on, if you need physical therapy for rehabilitation and what
that may look like. We review if you need corrective exercises and describe what a suggested personal training plan
Don’t go it alone! Experienced and professional runners have a team of people to help them be successful. You can have
this help too!
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Thank you and Happy Trails!
Cindy at BodyFit Physical Therapy