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For Runners

Novice Runners

Are you looking to start running for fun, getting/staying in shape, or to begin training for a race?  Let us help you get started! We provide essential tips including: information on footwear, nutrition, and training for your body to help maximize your running potential.  At Body Gears Physical Therapy, we will also provide you with invaluable information about your own body gears in order to avoid potential injuries, such as runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and anterior hip impingement. Injuries which are common to new runners include: calf strains, hip adductor and hamstring pulls, stress fractures to the mid and forefoot, and heel pain.  We make sure you have the necessary mobility in your foot, ankle, hip and pelvis, as well as the strength and motor control of your core muscles required to make sure these injuries don’t slow down your running regimen! It’s hard enough getting off the couch—make it the best transition possible and feel great doing it.

Injured Runners

Has your training/recreation been affected by a common running injury?  Does some other pain limit your ability to run at your desired level?  Applying the principles of Functional Manual Therapy®, we will assess for mechanical restrictions (soft tissue and joint issues), neuromuscular control (muscle initiation, strength and endurance), and motor control (how we move/run automatically).  Why?  To ensure your running form is as efficient as it can be.  This means you can continue running without pain while improving your distances and times.  Prioritize your health and performance and schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained therapists at any Body Gears Physical Therapy clinic or even at one of the Running Events we host at Dick Ponds Carol Stream for a Free Injury Screening!

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Avid and Competitive Runners

Are you looking for that little bit of something extra to give you the edge over your competitors?  Or are you training and training without seeing a drop in your times for an upcoming event?  By changing your running posture, we can create immediate results in your Automatic Core Engagement response.  The core response leads to decreased demand through the legs to reduce overuse of the quadriceps, thus reducing your fatigue near the end of your run. We then train your musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems on how to efficiently and automatically activate your core during running. Your push-off and stride will improve immensely!  Add us to your training regimen so we can help you shave those seconds you deserve.

Start your journey to better physical health.