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Running is bad for your knees, right? Wrong!

October 12, 2011

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard someone say “well, I’ve got bad knees, I ran for years so you know they had all that pounding.”

Pete Egoscue has maintained for years that exercise does not damage properly positioned joints, but instead actually strengthens them. Now a study out of Stanford University says that Pete was exactly right:

Several studies have found that a lifetime of running—a perfect test for the “wear and tear” theory of osteoarthritis—doesn’t increase risk for the condition. In the most recent, published in 2008, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine began tracking the health of 45 long-distance runners (average age: 58) in 1984. Nearly 20 years later, X-rays showed their joints were unaffected. “We can find no evidence whatsoever that there’s an increase in knee destruction in people who run for thousands and thousands of miles,” says study co-author James Fries, professor emeritus of immunology and rheumatology.

Folks, the body is designed for movement. If your knees hurt when you run (or play tennis or bike or garden) it’s not because the activity in which you’re engaging is intrinsically destructive to your knees. It’s because your knees are out of position! I heard Pete say “I have never seen osteoarthritis in a properly positioned, normally used joint” and I concur. When I see someone with an arthritic knee or hip, I’m also seeing a mispositioned knee or hip. EVERY time. I’ve never once had someone come to me with osteoarthritis in a knee or hip or a portion of their spine, then look at them and think “dang, their posture is great, I wonder why that’s happening.” Every time the answer is obvious, the affected joint is in a significantly compromised position.

If your body is posturally balanced, running will strengthen your joints, nourish your cartilage, increase bone density, along with a lot of other wonderful benefits. And if your body is out of postural balance, running will contribute to grinding your knees to dust. But the problem is not the run, it’s the posture you bring to the run. If you want to be able to keep doing what you love to do without grinding up your joints, give us a call and we’ll tell you how to get started.

meanwhile if you’d like to read the article that references the study above, here you go:

Now get out and get moving!

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If you’re a runner, you will want to watch this

May 26, 2011

This is a great video from our clinic in Portland showing 3 simple exercises. If you do them before and after every run, you will dramatically reduce your risk of injury while also improving performance. Check it out and let me know what you think:

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61 years young and she’s running again!

May 9, 2011

Check out this testimonial, good stuff!

one of the core messages here is one we consistently preach to our clients: if you hurt, don’t blame it on your age! You don’t hurt because you’re 31 or 41 or 51 or 61 or 71. You hurt most likely because your body has lost balance. If you can’t run because of knee or foot pain and want to be able to become active again, call our clinic at 512-527-0030 or email us at and we’ll go over all your options for getting started back to living a pain free life!

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