Roll Hard. Run Fast. March 15, 2011 No Comments

RUNNERS TAKE NOTE:  This is a video from my my running blog, Trekoblog.com.  It shows a few methods to release the muscles of the hip and thigh.  EVERY runner should make these rolling exercises a habit!

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Barefoot Running in Grand Rapids August 29, 2011 No Comments

The Hadley Clinic was recently featured on the front page of the Grand Rapids Press.  The article focussed on the benefits of barefoot running and featured Scott Hadley along with a few other local barefoot runners.  You can read the whole article HERE.

Barefoot running has been shown to be much gentler on the body than other forms of running.  A different landing technique, a different posture, and shorter steps allow the body to absorb shock more efficiently and with much less strain on joints and muscles.

Many runners have tried barefoot running with improper form and have gotten injured.  So if you are interested in the benefits of barefoot running, you MUST learn proper form.

Contact the Hadley Clinic if you want to learn how to run barefoot.  Private and group lessons are available and reasonably priced.

Contact the Hadley Clinic at 616-459-4082 for more info.

Plantar Fasciits No Comments

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that connects the heel to the toes.  It supports the arch of the foot and plays an important role in foot function.  A lot of foot pain is attributed to inflammation of the plantar fascia – AKA plantar fasciitis.

The interesting thing is that scientific and medical studies have shown that, in most cases of plantar fasciitis, there is nothing wrong with the plantar fascia.  So where is the pain coming from then?

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Rotator Cuff Solution! May 11, 2011 No Comments

The rotator cuff is made of 4 small muscles that anchor the “ball” into the “socket” of the shoulder.  Several bigger muscles (pectoralis major, latissimus dorsi, deltoid) are responsible for most of the shoulder’s power, but they can’t operate normally without the rotator cuff muscles.

Since the rotator cuff muscles are small, they are prone to injury.  If one or more of the rotator cuff muscles becomes injured, the group of muscles reflexively tightens to limit shoulder movement.  It’s called “muscle guarding” and is basically a muscle spasm to help prevent further injury.

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Strength Training for Runners April 27, 2011 No Comments

“We knew we could run in the mud because of our strength training,” said the coach of the Coatesville, Pennsylvania  high school boys cross-country team after they won the 2006 Nike Team Nationals on a wet and muddy Portland Meadows 5k course (Sports Illustrated 105(23): 48, 2006).

It’s a common misconception that the best way to run faster and further in a race is to run faster and further during training.  While nothing can replace the base miles needed for good running performance, running is not the only thing we need to run well.

Here is a little evidence for you from a few studies that have been done on the topic of strength training for runners…

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Stretch Reflex 101 April 14, 2011 No Comments

HERE is a link to a post I made on my blog, TrekoBlog.com, last September.

The video here shows the result of a tight soleus muscle (like the one in the picture).  The soleus is the largest muscle of the calf – and it takes a beating during most of our activities.

RUNNERS are especially susceptible to soleus overuse.

BAREFOOT RUNNERS often experience pain in the soleus while they are transitioning out of shoes or ramping up their miles.

This shows the power of stretch reflexes and the basis of NMT.

A MUST SEE VIDEO!

 

 

Sciatica? Get to the root of the problem! March 14, 2011 No Comments

The gluteus medius is the #1 cause of “sciatica” symptoms.

This is a picture of “referred pain” coming from the gluteus medius – a muscle along the outer side of the hip. Pain radiating from this muscle is often labeled “sciatica.” Interestingly, the pain from sciatica usually does not involve the sciatic nerve. If you have been told you have sciatica, there is a good chance this muscle is the main problem.

This muscle is also the culprit with many types of hip pain that radiate into the leg.

Get to the root of your problem with Neuromuscular Manipulative Therapy (NMT),  Dr. Hadley’s trademarked approach to physical therapy.  Call to schedule your free consultation appointment today!  616.459.4082.

Still have pain after your total knee replacement? No Comments

TKAKnow anyone with a knee like this?  (That’s titanium… in case you were wondering.)

A lot of people are disappointed with their knee replacement. Research shows that the most common problem 1 year after a total knee replacement is knee weakness.  Often, knee pain persists too – even thought the pain-producing joint surfaces have been replaced.

These problems can be fixed within a few weeks when treated with Neuromuscular Manipulative Therapy (NMT), a hands-on, holistic approach to rehab developed by Dr. Scott Hadley.

STRENGTH can be restored without more exercises.
RANGE OF MOTION can be restored without agonizingly painful stretches.
PAIN can be eliminated without more and/or different medications.

Find out how NMT at the Hadley Clinic can help you get BACK ON YOUR FEET AND FEELING YOUNG AGAIN!

Schedule today for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy.
Call us: 616-459-4082.
Email us: inquire@hadleyclinic.com

Knee pain and Trigger Points No Comments

Trigger points are tight regions of muscle that refer pain to some other body part.  Usually, the pain radiates to the nearest joint.  Any muscle can develop a trigger point, but usually they occur in muscles that are under strain – because of fatigue, injury, bad posture, etc.

The muscle in the diagram is the vastus medialis - one of the 4 muscles that compose the quadriceps.  When this muscle developes trigger points, it tends to refer pain to the front of the knee.

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Pregnancy and post-partum pain 2 Comments

Surveys show that most women have back pain and/or hip pain during pregnancy.  And, in many cases, the pain persists even after Baby arrives.  Many women are told this is a natural part of pregnancy and there is nothing they can do about it.  Well, I have a different opinion.

Back and hip pain in pregnancy are due to a few things.  Some we can’t change, and some we can.  First, the things we can’t change:

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