We are pleased to announce that beginning May 20, 2013 we will be offering functional dry needling to all of our patients. Dry needling is a relatively new procedure that combines traditional acupuncture approaches with deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point release therapies and has been shown to be very beneficial in decreasing healing time, improving muscular extensibility, decreasing musculoskeletal stress, and effectively treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, functional dry needling is a version of intramuscular massage and is very effective in reversing the negative effects of endurance training. Often, endurance athletes who have had multiple (3-5) traditional deep tissue massage sessions will receive the same benefit from one functional dry needling session. Call or click to schedule your functional dry needling appointment today.
I have always been amazed at the amount of misinformation that I see pertaining to running shoes, running form, and running injury prevention and treatment published in popular running periodicals. I am also amazed when I go to running continuing education courses and leave with tons of “evidence,” but no real insight into how to apply the “evidence” to my specific running patient population. Furthermore, I am constantly amazed at the “if it hurts when you run you should just stop running” mentality exhibited by many healthcare practitioners. The fact is that most running-related injuries are due to biomechanical misalignments and I know of no misalignment that is positively influenced by a simple bout of rest.
After years of evaluating and treating runners at Horizon Physical Therapy, I felt compelled to share my experiences and try to wade through the plethora of misinformation with other physical therapists and healthcare practitioners. Thus, the idea of HPTR Seminars, the continuing education branch of Horizon Physical Therapy, evolved. We held our first course entitled “Running in Slow-Motion: Video Analysis of the Running Athlete” in Atlanta this past Saturday, February 25th. The course was very well received by the participants and I feel blessed with the opportunities that this new venture promises. Future courses are scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee on April 21, 2012, and Birmingham, Alabama on June 23, 2012. Our plan is to branch out to areas outside of the Southeast next year. For more information on the Running in Slow-Motion course, click here.
Jimbo Wood, PT, will be hosting a continuing education seminar entitled “Running in Slow-Motion: Video Analysis of the Running Athlete” in February 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, with seminars in Nashville, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama to follow.
In 2010, more than 625 marathons were held nationwide with more than 500,000 American participants. As distance running continues to become more popular, the need for a more systematic approach to evaluate and treat the running athlete must emerge. Additionally, as the running shoe industry continues to evolve, the ability of clinicians to effectively assess the dynamic foot and fit runners with proper footwear has become imperative.
As the number of running-related injuries filtering through our practices has increased, the need for more effective assessment of running form and footwear has emerged. Implementation of corrective strategies to improve running form and efficiency flaws that precipitate injury and promote decreased performance has become a hallmark of treatment interventions for the injured runner.
The Running in Slow-Motion seminar will teach video analysis of the running athlete by offering comprehensive look at the runner’s foot, footwear, form, and common running-related performance issues by teaching participants how to integrate slow-motion video analysis into the assessment and treatment of their running athletes.
To learn more, check out our course schedule.
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