Running can be a rewarding recreation and good exercise. However, it can be problematic if it’s the sole source of exercise and physical fitness. One of the worst things an athlete can do for their health and performance is to limit themselves to the same activity every single time they exercise. A focused, singular activity can increase the risk of overuse injuries, create an imbalance of strength, and limit the potential to improve overall strength, endurance, and stamina.Continue reading How To Fix The #1 Mistake Runners Make
We sat down with our running experts, Rachel Dillon, PT, DPT, Astym cert, and Scott Tilson, PT, DPT, Astym cert, to talk about their experience treating runners and the running community.Continue reading Advice From The Experts: How To Treat The Injured Runner
Repetitive abuse and neglect had taken its toll on my left calf. As an ultrarunner, I push the envelope of extremes. I had to take a break from running. When I met Sae, my PT, and he explained the Astym procedure, I was hopeful it would provide relief and get me back to running. Continue reading Astym Therapy Got Me Back To Ultrarunning
Autumn is upon us! The temperature is getting chillier and the days are getting shorter so it’s time to get out and take advantage of the mild weather before the winter cold comes knocking. Here are 7 activities to keep you moving this fall! Continue reading 7 Activities to Keep You Moving This Fall
I had been suffering with plantar fasciitis in my right foot for a very long time, years off and on. Sometimes it was so bad, I could barely walk. Those first few steps in the morning were incredibly painful. I have always enjoyed working out, running and being active. I would have to give up running for months on end at times and had to adjust my routine in the gym to accommodate the pain in my foot. I had seen a podiatrist many times, used custom orthotics in my shoes daily and had Continue reading Astym Relief
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be outside. In most places, the leaves are changing. The air is crisp and cool. And it’s the perfect running temperature for an early evening jog. Here are our top five reasons to go running during fall:Continue reading Top 5 Reasons To Go Running During Fall
4 years ago, 5 miles into a strong afternoon run, tragedy struck – I nearly collapsed in pain and limped across the street, calling a friend to pick me up. Since then, I’ve attempted running in various ways and at various speeds, never having any success at lasting more than a mile or two – and always with mild to crippling pain. Patellar tendinitis was an obstacle to my overall health and my enjoyment of life!
Astym Therapy is changing everything.
Recently, after signing up for an ambitious half marathon training program, I completed the first morning of speed training and was left nearly immobile – I was limping and couldn’t walk down the stairs on both feet. Typical.
An hour later I was in Lisa’s office for my first PT appointment, where she began her course of Astym treatment, followed by the recommended stretching protocol. Honest to God, I walked away from that appointment literally jumping for joy. By the following day I awoke with ZERO detectable pain. After ONE treatment! We have followed up with consecutive treatments and I have been able to increase my mileage and my training. I am actually running again.
I began running as a way to calm my mind and care for my wellbeing. I have lived with the stigma of having a bum knee for years, constantly being reminded of it’s intolerance for my eagerness to be active. I have regained a huge passion in my life, and I look forward to my first half marathon this November. Thank you, thank you for making this available to myself and others. This is a dream come true.
Back2Normal Physical Therapy, Saint Petersburg, Florida
6 Tips For Aging Athletes
From sport to sport, the age of “peak performance” varies, but for most of us, the effects of aging really sink in the early to mid-30s. You start waking up with new aches and that morning run gets a little shorter and little slower each time. While Astym therapy can help keep your body feeling young longer, you can’t outrun time and you shouldn’t try. So here are some tips on how to age well as an athlete.