Eramosa Physiotherapy

IMG_7855One of the things I love most about the sport of distance running is that, in spite of its simplicity of putting one foot in front of the other, it is also extremely complex. When done correctly, it is a scientific endeavour to maximize one’s speed and endurance.

Unfortunately, there are times when injuries happen that put an end to the training as we know it.  This is what happened to me after I completed the the Mississauga Half Marathon in the spring.  Running a half marathon is a difficult physical challenge that I never thought I would ever complete in my life but it did and I’m happier for it.

I spent several months training, eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, buying the right running shoes, rallying friends and family for support, and generally had a really positive experience.  That was until I stopped running…..

After driving home at the end of the race started to feel the uncertainties that can taint the whole experience and create undue levels of stress around what should be a physical accomplishment.  Don’t get me wrong, I had an awesome time and I’m very proud of what I accompished but my achillies tendons where CRAZY sore and I had a very hard time walking.  I was very worried because I didn’t know what was going on.

So how does a runner avoid these half marathon training pitfalls?

Firstly, there are numerous common sense points to make

Start training as early as possible – generally speaking, the more time people have, the better they can prepare for it, the better they perform.

Seek advice from an experienced marathon runner, with respect to all elements of training and race day hints and tips.

Don’t ignore injuries. Yes, they may go away as your body conditions to cope with volume, but aches and pains are telling you something. Listen. It would also be useful to get any old injuries re-assessed, to determine if they will be inhibitory throughout your training. Go and see your physiotherapist!

Learn some simple lessons early. Your body performs better when it is rested and recovered, fueled and optimally hydrated.

So having understood the above, what else can you do to improve your chances of enjoying your training, and enjoying the marathon itself?

Well, the answer is, quite a lot. Physically you might find some benefit from undertaking a screening process, where a physiotherapist can undertake a full and thorough assessment of you, particularly your legs and lower back, to ascertain where potential problems with flexibility, control, stability, strength and alignment may lead to injury inhibiting training and performance. Understanding where these issues are and putting together a programme to counteract them whilst you are training can ensure a much more productive and efficient training programme, helping to keep you injury free and ultimately leading to a better run time.

So yes I took my own advise and went to visit my friend and physiotherapist Wil Hunter of Eramosa Physiotherapy in Orangeville.

Here is a video of Wil getting me back together 😉

Eramosa Physiotherapy Associates opened in Orangeville in 2005 as has been proudly serving the community for the past 9 years. In that time they have built up an excellent reputation within the medial community and work collaboratively with a variety of health professionals. They have a very bright, spacious clinic that includes four private treatment rooms. They have a massage therapist on site with whom they work in partnership with to provide optimal patient care.

My go to guy Wil, is a highly skilled therapists with extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy, acupuncture, vestibular rehabilitation, and concussion management.

They offer extended hours with early morning and evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules such as mine. So I was able to see Him at 7:00am 🙂

Here is a little bit about Wil…

William Hunter, MSc (PT), BA Hon (Kin), CAFCI, Registered Physiotherapist

Wil is a graduate of McMaster University for both his Kinesiology and Physiotherapy degrees. Wil has furthered his education by completing Manual Therapy Levels 1-3, Intermediate Manual Therapy and Manipulative Exam, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Anatomical Acupuncture Certificate (CAFCI), and FitForeGolf Certified Therapist. He is also working towards a Diploma of Advanced Manual Therapy. His treatment techniques include the use of Manual TherapySpecialized Exercise, and Acupuncture. His clinical interests include shoulderlow backkneesport injury rehabconcussion management, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Here is a video of Wil getting me back together 😉

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