As you age, many things about your body change. Whether you are just leaving your teen years or planning your 100thbirthday party, your body is adapting to new circumstances. Keeping it healthy so that you can continue to run as long as you live is a valiant effort. Along the way, there will be years of healing, growing, and learning. Optimally, correct exercise will help prevent the need for long periods of recovery or invasive surgeries.
Dr. Tom Michaud has been studying the human body for several decades now. He works as a sports medicine chiropractor, an author, and a researcher. He also creates products for healthcare professionals that help in client examinations. His goal is to provide non-surgical management of injuries, and he specializes in exercise recovery. As you listen to today’s episode of the Running for Real podcast, you will quickly discover that Tom is an expert in his field who has a desire to help and heal others.
This interview covers topics from Dr. Michaud's book, Human Locomotion, including the evolutionary adaptations in our anatomical structure, specifically of the foot, lower extremity, and pelvis, differences in structure between sprinters and runners and how that might affect your treatment strategy, barefoot vs shod training and running, pros and cons of stretching, and how an altered gait pattern can affect common dysfunctions at the hip and knee.
Nick Studholme and Adam Wolfe talk with Tom about a range of subjects, including the use of focal muscle vibration to evaluate low back pain patients, when and when not to use orthotics, and the ToePro Foot/Ankle Exercise Platform.