“As I approached my 64th birthday I challenged myself to improve my fitness and regain the joy of racing. Running is something I have enjoyed since my days of running the Presidential Fitness Challenge 600 yard run. That was 1963, yes more than fifty years ago, and I still love to run. In my 60s my approach to running has changed, cross training for recovery, and saving running for race specific activities. Unfortunately in the early months of my personal challenge I developed Achilles tendonitis to the point where running left me limping. Walking became a challenge, especially after a hard run.
Dr. Robert Barnes of Therapeutic Associates in Boise has been a great resource in the past and I enlisted his services once again. One of the reasons I turned to Dr. Barnes is his understanding of the athletic mentality, be it young or old. He knew I would continue to run and he had a tool at his disposal—the AlterG. Furthermore, I find that Dr. Barnes has a keen eye for biomechanical abnormalities.
My first appointment was in early August and centered on diagnosing my injury. Beyond the injury to the foot there were a range of issues compounding that problem. The second appointment consisted of ASTYM therapy, a battery of mobility and strength exercises followed by a session on the AlterG. Dr. Barnes felt the AlterG would be a perfect platform to retrain my body while focusing on proper running technique. The ability to adjust the pressure and effective weight of the body made this possible. I could shorten my stride to reduce the loading on the foot. That first session on the AlterG was at 60% of my body weight. At 60% I could control my foot plant and avoid some of the torqueing that was irritating my foot. The pace of that first workout was more of a jog than a run.
Within a month the treatments of ASTYM therapy, mobility training, and strengthening exercises were showing dramatic results. Dr. Barnes would test my range of motion for various parts of the body. It was a “chain” of issues that Dr. Barnes was addressing, and doing it in a progressive fashion. I was now up to 75% on the AlterG and running paces under six minutes a mile.
The homework that Dr. Barnes gave me was time consuming, but I was determined to be a model patient. Besides, I set a goal for myself that I was determined to accomplish. As we move from September thru the third week in October the results got even more encouraging. Dr. Barnes is excited about the improvement in my range of motion, and I am excited about how I feel when I run.
At this moment I continue my physical therapy at Therapeutic Associates twice a week and run on the AlterG each session. I have progressed to 90% effective weight and I have added a third workout on a regular treadmill. I can now change my speed at will, and feel the joy of pain free running again. As I move toward health I plan to keep up a regular routine of visits to Dr. Barnes and a run on the AlterG. As I said to Dr. Barnes, I consider it the price of admission to continue with the sport I love—running fast.”
– Reid Harter
“Toward the end of my 2010 track season at the University of Idaho, I began having pain and tightness in my arch. I continued to run on it, and eventually it became extremelly swollen and painful. After the season ended I took about a month off from running, but I continued to have pain and swelling when I began training for road racing again. Uncertain of what my initial injury was and frustrated with the pain, made an appointment with TAI after a referral from a fellow athlete. Rob Barnes diagnosed me within 20 min of examining me; my injury was a posterior tibialis tendonitis. For the next 3 weeks, I came to the clinic twice a week to receive ASTYM treatments and do running specific strengthening, stretching, and balancing exercises. My program was created by Rob Barnes, and I worked with various other trainers at the clinic to complete my therapy. I also ran on the clinic’s state-of-the art zero gravity treadmill, which allowed me to run at a fast pace without putting much stress on my injured foot. After only two weeks, I noticed positive results. My foot and ankle were less swollen, I didn’t have excess swelling after running, and I was running with much less pain than before! After 3 weeks of treatment I came in once a week to receive therapy. By this time, the pain and swelling had subsided. After my treatment at TAI, I continued to train and race; I won the Robie Creek half marathon about two months after my therapy. Over the past few months I raced in other road races, including my first marathon! I had a great experience at TAI–the staff are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend them!”
– Maike Holthuijzen
“After finishing my first full triathlon season, I couldn’t be more thankful to the therapists at Therapeutic Associates- State Street! Since playing collegiate soccer, I’ve had nagging quad and calf pain and I wasn’t sure how my body would hold up through a long triathlon season. In preparation for my first full Ironman distance triathlon in Louisville, KY, the therapists at TAI on State Street performed ASTYM and ultrasound therapy on my nagging injuries and showed me valuable strengthening and stretching exercises to allow me to continue to train at a high level. At Ironman Louisville, I won my age group and qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. As expected, I had beaten my body up considerably in Louisville and had only a six week turn-around before racing in the World Championships. By utilizing the anti-gravity treadmill at the TAI clinic and continuing to receive treatment from the therapists, I was able to rebound enough to have a memorable race in Kona. I owe much of my success this triathlon season to the helpful and knowledgeable staff at Therapeutic Associates on State Street. Thank you!”
– Annamarie Hofstetter
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