As I get older I am finding that I am experiencing lower back pain...I suspect that this may be related to my running.
Over the past 10 years of running different experts have told me different things to fix past niggles. I have gone along with their recommendations but now I look back it seems as though the fix is always related to the specialisation of the practitioner in question. In some cases one expert will contradict the diagnosis of another which I find particularly confusing!
Can anyone recommend a place where I can get:
(1) an accurate and informed assessment of my running form
(2) an expert and independent view of what I should do to correct things.
I'm based in Midlands but would happily travel to get what I'm after.
Thanks for the replies guys
I accept your points about age fat budha...that's the main reason I want to get this done. I like my running and want to be doing it for years to come. I'd like to spot things now so that they can be managed correctly going forwards. I don't expect 100% niggle free but I'd like to know that (a) I'm not damaging myself and (b) that I'm doing everything I can to keep on going.
My experience to date is consistent with your views on independence Ian...hence my post. But come on...there must be some clever clogs out there doing this stuff...initial discussion about running history, issues & injuries / treadmill observation & recording / a bit of a rummage to check stuff out / diagnosis & recommendation.
I'm not saying that I don't want to pay for follow-up treatment, orthotics, massage or whatever. I am saying that I don't want the nature of the recommendation to be predetermined by the background of the person conducting the analysis.
I'm not giving-up just yet.
Any recommendations gratefully received!
Hi Lamb Chop,
Whereabouts in the Midlands are you?
I'm a musculoskeletal podiatrist, but I'm based in Surrey. Let me know where you are and I'll see if I know anyone in your neck of the woods.
I would also concur with the previous posters. There is no miracle cure or crystal ball - if there was, I want it, and will become the richest podiatrist in all the land.......
I'm in Bridgnorth but will happily travel as far as it takes to see someone who knows what they are talking about, is able to take a holistic view and doesn't automatically try and stiff me for a set of custom orthotics.
I've looked at that one...would you recommend them?
Well yeah. They did a pretty good job for me I think but then it's the only one I've ever been to so I can't really compare them with anywhere else. I saw a chap there called Peter Taylor who was a good runner himself I believe. I'm not an expert in this field or anything, just a runner with biomechanical issues. I ended up with custom orthotics but they didn't try to push them on me, just explained pretty clearly my issues and my options.
Good luck anyway, hope you get your back sorted
Did the orthotics do the trick?
They have definitely made a big difference for me but one of the first things that Peter Taylor at Atlas told me was that they're not a miracle cure, I had to do a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises. I still have to do a lot of stretching. I'm now running approx 40-45 miles a week which I could have only dreamed about before. My problem was/is overpronation and a slight leg length discrepancy. My main issue was a shin injury but I used to get a lot of aches and pains particularly from running or just standing up for a few hours. I hardly get any now and if I do have problems now it's usually because my running shoes are wearing out or I've been neglecting my stretching or I've overtrained.
The orthotics did take a bit of getting used to though and the custom ones are expensive. Mine have got to the stage now where they need refurbing which is going to cost another £20-£30!
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