How (Most) Running Shoes Cause Pain and Leads to Injury

In 2014 I tore my meniscus in my right knee. I was also diagnosed with “severe” arthritis. That was my wake up call. I was not done competing in the Ironman and did not believe I had to quit. “Certainly, other runners have arthritis and still run”, I thought.  I was troubled when Dr. Braden told me that arthritis was bone on bone and eventually I’d have to have my knees replaced.

I told him perhaps in other people. Not for me.

I had knee surgery in January of 2015 to repair the torn meniscus.

Right after that was my quest to figure all this out. I discovered some stats that troubled me yet led to my discovery that I’m sharing with you today.

Did you know that the United States has the most running type injuries than any country in the world? The country with the least running injuries was Africa. Why is this so?

There are several reasons.

The place you want to be

I could tell you the place you want to be is home or at a place you’ve dreamt about for many years. Maybe a cool vacation destination.

But those are not the places I’m talking about.

The place to be in right here in the now. Not yesterday. Not years ago in a time that was memorable for you. Certainly not tomorrow or in six months.

Of course physically everyone is here right now but their thoughts are drifting.

Think about a time in your life what was very enjoyable. You were happy and even laughing. You might have been very productive and clicking on all cylinders.

Were you there in those moments or was your mind off in the past or future?

See what I mean?

Living right here this very second is the only place you’ll want to be.

Now gets rid of the;

  • I can’t
  • I’m scared
  • I’m lonely
  • I’m unhealthy
  • I’m anxious
  • I wish it was like….

Now creates:

  • I’m doing it
  • I like what is happening
  • I’m making it real
  • I’m joyful
  • Let’s do this together
  • Hugs

Be in that place. It’s the only place to be.

Starting over at age 72

A dear friend reached out to me. He said something I taught in a recent presentation he attended touched him. “I need to talk” he said.

The crutch of the conversation was that he was scared. He was uncertain.

Truthfully, he was facing a demon that has been with him since childhood.

As I asked him questions and shared some stories he made the biggest affirmation to me. He said, “I don’t know the answers anymore and I’m not sure I ever did.”

I’ve discovered that when I lived my life though the prism of pride, I only thought I knew the answers. Honestly, I’m scared too. I realize now that I don’t have any answers either. But, like my friend, I affirm openly that I don’t have any answer.

I reassured my friend that knowing he doesn’t have the answer will lead him now to ask. To take each day, one at a time. I believe the answers are always inside of each of us. While we don’t always see them on our time frame (the pride thing), they will always be revealed to us.

I believe God did make me in His image. Because of that, as I love myself as God loves me, unconditionally, He’ll ALWAYS reveal the answers to me. He’ll even reveal answers to me if I don’t unconditionally love myself. God is way cool that way!

I hugged my friend as we concluded and we expressed our love for each other. He said he felt better and now can see some light to start over.

I asked him if he unconditionally loved himself. He’ll have to explore that questions because that’s one he hasn’t been able to answer yet.

It will come. He’s a good person as I think all people are. Pride gets in the way of humility. Of being authentic. He is humble now. He wasn’t judging himself. He wasn’t judging others (at least not as much as he used to).

For me, I don’t have any answers. I do have lots of questions though. I’m scared to know that too yet I’m beginning to understand to trust my Creator to give me the answers when I’m ready to receive them.

The Gentle Chiropractic Method that You’ll Want to Consider

blair-method-1Do you suffer from back pain?

Afraid of going to the chiropractor?

Want a method that heals you and doesn’t keep you going back?

The Blair chiropractic method may be just what you need.

 

If you’re like me you never liked the twisting low back chiropractic adjustment. The doc would twist me when my back was already painful and ask me to relax so he/she could twist me more and move the spine in position.

An endurance athlete that runs has to have a team of health care professionals that can re-balance the body from the pounding. However we all need good care for everyday life that puts strain on the body.

Several years ago when I took up the sport of Ironman triathlon my visits to see my chiropractor increased. I would have at least two adjustments per month to realign the same three areas; neck, mid back and lower back. At times when I was “out” of alignment the pain from the muscle spasms would derail my training until I could see my chiropractor. Then after a days rest I could resume training again.

Lucky for me my chiropractor moved and I had to find a new one.

That proved to be the day I discovered the Blair Method of chiropractic care.

What’s the Blair Method

simple_educationAccording to The Blair Chiropractic Society, The Blair chiropractic technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. When these vertebrae misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brain stem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull and into the neural canal. Special attention is given to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.

After many years of research and study of all the techniques that were developing at the time, Dr. B.J. Palmer the developer of chiropractic realized that the only place a person could truly have interference to the nervous system was at the level of the base of the skull; and the atlas and axis vertebrae. There are no intervertebral discs between the skull and the atlas, or between the atlas and axis vertebrae. Most movement of the head and neck occur at this level. The joint surfaces in this area move more on a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane as in the rest of the spine. This area is not supplied with the abundance of supporting ligaments that are found in the rest of the spine. As a result of these characteristics of the cervical spine, it becomes the weakest link in the chain when exposed to the forces of trauma such as the birth process, falls, auto accidents, stress etc.

Dr. Palmer conducted studies in Germany on cadavers and found that the brain stem or medulla, extended into the neural canal down to the level of the lamina of the second cervical vertebrae, at which point it becomes the spinal cord extending downward. The brain stem has been referred to as “Houston Control”. It is the area where nerve cell centers are located that control many of the major functions of the body such as heart beat, respiration, digestion, elimination, our heating and cooling mechanism, constriction and dilation of the veins and arteries, muscle coordination, etc. Most of the functions of the body that we don’t have to consciously think about are controlled at the brain stem level.

The brain stem at the level of the atlas vertebrae consists of approximately ten billion nerve fibers sending messages through the spinal cord to the cells of the body and from the cells back to the brain. These nerve fibers are arranged in small bundles called nerve tracts. These nerve tracts are either sensory or motor. The sensory nerves allow us function of the organs and systems while moving the body about it’s environment, via the musculoskeletal system. Gray’s Anatomy states, “the nervous system is the master system of the body controlling and coordinating all the functions of the body and relating the individual to his environment.”

The atlas and axis are the only vertebrae in proximity to the brain stem. When they misalign to the extent that they put pressure on the brain stem and or spinal cord they interfere with the vital messages being sent to and from the brain to all parts of the body. If, for example, the atlas is impinged against the part of the cord that sends messages to the left hand, that individual may experience a numbness, burning or tingling sensation in that hand. If the nerve tracts at the brain stem level go to the heart are being impinged that individual may experience high blood pressure, palpitations or an irregular heartbeat. Any part of the body can be effected when there is pressure on the brain stem or spinal cord because almost all of the nerves have to pass through this area before reaching the part of the body they innervate.

When a vertebrae misaligns to the extent that it interferes with nerve tissue and reduces the mental impulses it is termed a subluxation. A subluxation may be present for months or years before producing any outward signs such as pain or symptoms, causing the body to break down to a state of diseases

The purpose of the Blair Chiropractic technique is not to diagnose or treat diseases or conditions, but to analyze and correct vertebral subluxations in an accurate, precise and specific manner to allow the body’s intelligence, (see chiropractic philosophy) to mend, repair and maintain health from within.

Your Eyes, the Horizon and Your Back

According to my chiropractor, Autumn Monterio, DC, your eyes will always adjust to the horizon. If your scull is misaligned as in the Body Imbalance photo above, the spine below the scull will adjust, usually in the pelvis, to realign the scull and eyes to be balanced. This puts strain on the spine and pelvis that is not balanced. In my case, my pelvis is so misaligned with my atlas/axis is off, that my left leg is as much as one inch shorter than my right leg. When I then run, the misalignment gives my lower back a lot of pain.

After a “toggle” adjustment to the atlas, realigning the scull, my pelvis and all other vertebrae naturally adjusts without any manipulation as done in traditional chiropractic care.

For me even with my heavy training schedule of swimming, biking and running, my “toggle” and easy pain free adjustments hold anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks.

View the Gentle Toggle Adjustment

Your Next Step

If you think this gentle method may work for you talk with your current chiropractor for your options. Or you can do a Google search for Blair practitioners in your area.

If you’re in Las Vegas or near here, please contact:

Autumn Monteiro Dorini, DC

Back On Track Upper Cervical Care

6090 S Fort Apache Rd#100

Las Vegas, NV 89148

Phone: (702) 834-5777

Got a mom like I had? Great, there is hope!

connieHow was your relationship with your mother?

My family didn’t have any real money growing up. Dad was a plumber and my mom was a nurse. When I finally went to school is when mom went back to work full time and I had a nanny when I got home from school. I guess that part is typical.

Well maybe not.

You see my mom was very insecure. She always was trying to please others. I thought that was normal.

I was the last of three children. The runt of the family. I have an older sister and brother. My sister never met mom’s expectations. They bucked heads all the time. My brother, on the other hand, was a perfect child.

Me? According to mom when ever she got upset with me would remind me, “You know you were a mistake. Your dad and I never planned on having a third child.”

At the time I didn’t really understand how that affirmation affected me. My mom, like her mom and dad, shamed me into compliance.

I grew up thinking two things and unfortunately for years were the legacy I received from my mom.

I wasn’t worthy of love because after all, I was a mistake. Plus my roll in life was to please others and not be myself.

I did those two things very skillfully for the first 50+ years of my life. Trying to be who others wanted me to be was draining. It took a lot of energy. But I excelled at being who they wanted me to be. Well, one only thinks they excelled. Truth is I sucked at being someone other than myself.

I even was able to fake my way as a great athlete growing up. Although when things went south and a coach yelled at me I became fearful and that hampered my performance. You can’t escape the consequences of shame. It will kick your butt every time.

Trouble with the mantra of not owning your own story, the bad crap you don’t want anyone else to know about, is that at some point in your life you’re going to crash and burn.

I did. I crashed hard. Hurt like hell.

brene brownI learned from an angel sent to me from heaven how powerful it is to be authentic. In fact, Brene’ Brown, PhD in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, define authentic as, “The daily practice of letting go of who you think you should be and embracing who you really are.”

It wasn’t an easy transition. I had a lot of shame in my life. I didn’t want to own up to it either. But I did. I passed through the dark and I could finally see the light.

But one thing I did learn well. I learned and fully believe that I am worthy of love. I fully believe that I am enough just as I am. I don’t have to pretend and be a perfectionist anymore. I don’t have to perform for others so they will like and accept me. And the best is I don’t have to constantly please others all the time. I embrace that my imperfections, and I have many, are really gifts and that all people have them.

My mom never felt she was enough or worthy of love. Finally I could get rid of the anger I held for her. I saw her with compassion for the first time. I don’t know how my mom ever acquired her beliefs but she did. I released my mom to the other side knowing that I had reconciled in my heart that she never really meant to cause me pain and suffering. She was doing the only thing that ever seemed to work for her; please others and shame your kids into being good people.

Today I practice daily being authentic. So many wonderful things have happened to me since this discovery. No longer do I need to please others. Gads that alone freed up ton’s of wasted energy. With this new energy my business has skyrocketed. I’m able to connect with everyone at a deeper level. My relationships with my family have improved.

It’s still scary at times being open and vulnerable. There are some who do not like me for who I really am. That’s their problem. I feel good about me.

I am enough.

Got a mom like me? If so, there is hope.