Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Do you get in shape to run or do you run to get in shape? A lot of runners get injured because they jump into running in order to shed off extra pounds from the holidays, but are dealing with muscle weakness that sets them up for injury. Watch the video below for more details and click here if you want to learn the most common cause of running injury and some of the most important exercises to prevent it.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury in Austin, click here or the orange buttons above to request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

 Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Hey guys! It’s Ben from CarterPT.

It’s Friday. Thank goodness! My beard is still growing so I apologize for that. I hope that everyone is having a good time and  running season is well underway. The mileage is really piling up, and people are already doing races here in Austin. We’ve got the Austin Marathon coming up in February and the 3m in January, so our runners are in full swing right now.

One thing I want to talk about for running is do you run to get in shape or do you get in shape to run?

It’s a really good point that I heard from a trainer when I was a young physical therapist. I thought it was really insightful. For most of us, we run to get in shape, especially since the holidays just started. Thanksgiving was here. Christmas is coming and you put on a couple extra pounds.

Then we’ll naturally want to do some running to stay in shape. But that can be a recipe for injury! It’s really important that you supplement your running with some strength training because it makes a big difference.

A couple years ago I was training for a half and I started having some knee pain. I really wasn’t doing a lot of training outside of running. My best runners are those who do other things besides run. They swim, they ride their bike, they play tennis, they golf, and they supplement their routines with other activities. So if you’re only logging miles because you want to hit a race, make sure that you’re introducing some strength workouts in the way.

Click here to learn some really important exercises for runners and how to prevent one of the most common causes of running injury. With the exercises at this link, you can start the process of getting in shape to run rather than just diving into runs and getting injured.

If you guys have any more questions, you can go to www.CarterPT.com/runners for more information. Thanks, take care!

Why do my Feet Hurt when I Run?

Why do my Feet Hurt when I Run?

Austin, Texas is full of runners and therefore it is full of people with running injuries. That may sound like a joke but it is an unfortunate truth, and a common area of pain and injury for many runners is the foot. It takes the biggest impact of any body part for most runners (depending on your running form), so it’s no wonder that foot pain is so common among runners.

Though self-treatment has it’s limitations and isn’t likely to fully resolve a stubborn case of runner’s foot pain, one of our therapists recorded the video below to demonstrate some self-massage and mobilization techniques to help keep foot pain at bay as you ramp up your mileage

If you’re already in pain, click here to request a free consultation where you’ll learn about a complete solution to your running injury. **And if your foot pain is specifically at the heel or arch, I highly suggest you also see our comprehensive guide to the causes and solutions of heel pain and plantar fasciitis

If you are dealing with any foot pain/injury and would like to know how we can help, call or text us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our expert physical therapists in Austin, click here to request a free phone consultation, or you can also click here to send us an email via our contact page.

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Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

It’s pretty impressive how much various forms of hip and groin pain can be reduced with a simple self-release technique using a lacrosse ball on the the muscles called the “adductors”. We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other physical therapists around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our approach to hands-on physical therapy and unique self-treatment instruction can help others to get back to the living the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of an adductor self-release to decrease your groin and hip pain. *Please note that a single technique is unlikely to completely resolve most forms of hip or groin pain, and what you see in the video below is not safe for everyone out there. You need to confirm with a licensed healthcare provider that this self-treatment technique is safe and appropriate for you. If you’re in the Austin area or can get here, and would like to know exactly what’s causing your hip/groin pain, you can click here to request a completely free onsite physical therapy consultation with one of our expert manual physical therapists.

If you are dealing with groin and hip pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

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Active Self-Release for TIGHT HAMSTRINGS

Active Self-Release for TIGHT HAMSTRINGS

Hamstring tightness is a very common problem among many of our clients, and for most, simply stretching the hamstrings doesn’t result in much of a lasting improvement. “I stretch my hamstrings like crazy and they just never loosen up” is a statement we hear frequently among many active people in Austin… sound familiar? Aggressively stretching the hamstrings, or any muscle for that matter, without first loosening up the the muscle and connective tissue, called fascia, can actually be a waste of time. But adding a simple myofascial release technique to the stretch, as shown in the video below, can make a huge difference.

*Please note, if you have a hamstring strain, this stretching technique may not be appropriate and is no substitute for diagnosis and treatment from a licensed physical therapist. If you’d like to speak with an expert manual physical therapist about your hamstring strain or tightness, you can do so for free by requesting a phone consultation here, or simply calling/texting us directly at: 512-693-8849.

Overly tight hamstrings can lead to a variety of problems and can be involved in many common issues like low back pain, knee pain, and also be a precursor for a variety of injuries in these areas…. especially the stubborn, painful hamstring strain.

So please check out this video showing a simple but very effective “Active Release” technique with a lacrosse ball that you can do on your own for tight hamstrings. Please leave your questions/comments at the bottom of this page.

If you are dealing with tight hamstrings and would like to know how we can help, call us at 512-693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

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Why does my jaw pop when I yawn?

Why does my jaw pop when I yawn?

In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “Why does my jaw pop when I yawn?”. Watch below to hear our answer and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

If you are dealing with jaw pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

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