Thursday, August 25, 2011

If You're Not Man Enough To Do It Yourself..I'd be Happy to Oblige

More times than I care to count I have had a patient return to the office frustrated that they are not improving. Well,have you done the excercises I prescribed, have you tried the yoga class I ask? Umm... no doc I didn't have the time might be the reply.It's hard to get better if you are not keeping up with the whole program. Some people want an easy fix. It is a lot easier to pop a pill but this does not lead to sustained improvement.

So I challenge my athlete patients like the opening monologue from "Midnight Cowboy",
"If you're not man (or woman) enough to do it for yourself , I'd be happy to oblige!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Got A Bridge To Sell You In Brooklyn And Some New Fangled Shoes

The rage right now seems to be a new shoe for every occasion. Many companies are jumping on the forefoot running barefoot phenom and pumping out the latest greatest shoe. The companies tout their extensive research and tell you to throw your old running shoes and orthotics into the trash, but is there any substance behind their claims? There are no good studies to substantiate the use of any of these new shoes. Just recently a friend asked me my opinion of the new oesh running shoe. The shoe features a robust forefoot platform and reminds me of the sunglass windshield invention the Steve Martin's character came up with in the movie "The Jerk". One thing they got right is that here is a send aftershock in running hat is more intense than the initial heel strike. Saying that their forefoot platform shoe with a shock absorption system designed to minimize the secondary impact does not mean that it is a better running shoe. Human biomechanics is a complex system with many levers and pulleys. The interactions for each runner are individual and it is not ones size fits all. It is also important to remember that it is the car and the driver that make a racer.