I'm so glad you could stop by for a closer look at what's going on with these running legs of mine. I've piled on the miles for the past eight years and I've pulled off some pretty strong races and runs but there comes a time when your body says, "Stop, I've had enough."
Yes, sadly this happened to me a little over a month ago and I was honestly devastated. There were at least two ugly cries with full on mascara running down my face walks home when my outer left knee area just plain refused to let me run.
Upon immediate return home I looked to Jeff for help!
Shamelessly I sent Jeff photos of the areas in crisis.
He was quick to respond! We did needles, cups, ultrasound, and a whole bunch of other techniques that would offer relief.
There was inflammation and "crunchy tissue," my stomach just cringed reading that. We definitely needed to find out what was going on.
Enter the 3D Gait Analysis that Nova Physiotherapy offers!
I was very nervous. For years I have felt like my running form was far from perfect but almost like I was getting away with it, you know what I mean?
Then I was methodically hooked up with a ton of receptors that have different receptor points in the room and would then project my cartoon on the screen showing angles, foot strike, etc. It was pretty amazing. To be honest, I was completely enthralled with the movement of the skeleton legs on the screen!
I ran for several minutes at slower speeds and then at faster speeds. We also measured standing foot stance and immediately the hyper extension of my left knee was evident...oops. Bad habits are not good, especially when you spend so much time on your feet. I definitely wasn't perfect and I was eager to see the details.
Aaaaaannnd, the printout...when I would finally see all the things I would need to work on. It was like waiting for the doctor to give you some life changing results or something. Yes, slightly dramatic, but the crew was awesome to make me feel positive about all the good things I was already doing with a little bit of homework added in.
A lot of the lingo was foreign to me but Robbie was excellent and very patient to explain it to me in regular runner language.
Basically the closer the dots the better for balanced effort on both sides is what I took from it. I was excited about the check marks I got, haha. Not so excited about Peak Hip/Knee Rotation. There's my issue. The left side is doing things quicker than the right.
My cadence is also much lower at slower paces and I was showing better efficiency when I was running faster. My left toe also turns inward and I have to work on slightly toeing out at least to neutral.
A week later I went back for a discussion of the analysis. I got a packaged synopsis of my mechanics and things to work on.
As well as some reading material....
So in the meantime, I do the homework and try to run...keeping some things in mind, and I head back for a follow up at the end of December! Wish me luck!!!