The first thing that I learned when I was lying down on the floor playing with my kids is that if you pick up your three month old and pretend to fly an airplane then you will also have to fly your four-year-old. On a serious note..What was amazing to me was that by simply laying flat on the floor I noticed how tight and weak my neck felt. But that uncomfortable feeling didn’t stop at my neck. I could feel how tight my shoulders were and how my upper back actually hurt being flat against the floor. I wasn’t able to lay flat for longer than a few minutes with my knees my leg straight before my lower back started to hurt forcing me to bend my knees.
In short...I felt like a train wreck! You might wonder why it matters if you can lay flat. Well laying flat is simply placing your body proper body alignment. You should be able to maintain an upright posture without pain or difficulty because it is the position where your body has to do the least amount of work. The main point is up right posture helps reduce wear and tear on your body reducing injuries in the long run.
I was expecting lower back pain when I got pregnant. I wasn’t expecting side pain almost like my “love handles” hurt. It hurts when I lay on my sides or when I stand for to long. After thinking about why my sides would be so uncomfortable I came up with a few causes and an exercise to help.
Did you ever wonder, like I did, if you should be wearing a “better” shoe when you workout or run?
There have been many fads around shoes that can make it very confusing to know what is a “good” shoe.
It only seems natural to go to a shoe store and ask the salesperson about the shoes. Then speciality running shoe stores started to have their sales people watch customers run to help them choose the proper shoe. Now, large athletic store are offering the same service. But are you really getting quality information?
I was recently at an athletic store looking through their shoe department. That particular day they were offering a FREE Run Assessment. They were having customers run on a treadmill for 1-2 minutes while the salesperson recorded them. Then the customer and salesperson reviewed the video to determine the type of shoe the customer should purchase.
Unfortunately the scene I was watching the customer was told he had a “neutral foot” when he had been previously diagnosed with “flat feet.” So confusion set in on both sides of the conversation.
But of course the person doing these “running assessments” are sales people they are not extensively educated on human anatomy or human function. They are educated on specific shoe models and the differences between shoe brands.
If you are looking for shoe information I believe running shoe stores are a great resource for consumers.
If you are trying to find out why you have pain running or workout then you need a Specialist Physical Therapist to assess your movement while doing the painful activity. That is the fastest way to stop your pain, prevent injuries, and get back on your fitness journey without having to rest.
If you want to find out if you pronate, supinate or have a neutral foot then you should be fully assessed by a Specialist Physical Therapist. With the knowledge you get from a Full Body Diagnostic then you will know the type of shoe you are looking for at the store with confidence.
Who wants to spend $$$ on shoes only to find out your footwear was not the cause of your pain?
If you would like more information about Your Goals Physical Therapy’s Full Body Diagnostic simply email me or leave a comment below.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald