Do you have a plan when you head out the door to go for a run? Have you been wondering…how fast should I run? When I first started running 9 years ago, I would go outside and would just try to run as fast as possible. I thought “running is cardio and if I’m not… View Article...Read More
It is the dog days of summer and we are currently running through the hottest part of the year and we wanted to help you conquer running outside in the summer! Have you every thought to yourself …what temperature is too hot to run? Or do you want to know how to prepare to run… View Article...Read More
Do you want to know how to fuel and hydrate properly before you run your first virtual half marathon? Have you struggled with hitting the wall during your previous races? I know I have! My legs locked up during my first and only full marathon in Hartford. I wish I knew how to stay hydrated… View Article...Read More
Registration Have you been struggling to get the motivation to run consistently? Add a SPARK to your summer and get back your running fitness with this special virtual half marathon! In the wake of COVID-19, SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole are collaborating to coordinate a virtual half marathon to keep you motivated… View Article...Read More
Why do I keep getting injured running? Have you wondered this before or want to know how running injuries can be prevented? Do you think your body is just not made for running? These are the struggles and frustrations I hear often for those looking to seek a healthier lifestyle. I even thought this myself… View Article...Read More
Do you get stubborn pain on the outside of your knee with running especially going up hills? This could be sharp at times and may even cause you to walk during your run. Have you thought… will IT band syndrome ever go away? Have you tried rest, ice, and stopping running but every time you… View Article...Read More
Registration Have you been struggling to get the motivation to run consistently? Spark off your summer and get back your running fitness with this special race series! In the wake of COVID-19, SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole are collaborating to coordinate a virtual race series to keep you motivated and running this… View Article...Read More
Have you been struggling to motivate yourself to prioritize nutrition during this stressful time of coronavirus? Are you wondering how to recreate structure or reestablish your mealtimes during your day while working from home? Personally, I know my discipline with nutrition took a back seat during this pandemic. In this article, you will learn actionable… View Article...Read More
Do you still need a kick start to getting your running fitness back? Have you been struggling to get your motivation back to be consistent for your runs? Would you like more energy, motivation and finally get rid of your aches & pains for those mental clearing runs? In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, we… View Article...Read More
Have you ever been on a run and wondered…why does the front of my leg hurt when I run? Were you thinking to yourself, should I run through shin pain? This can be common for new runners just starting out or can occur in experienced runners who are really stepping up their training with heavy… View Article...Read More
“I went to see Duane early into my marathon training with hamstring pain. At that time, I was barely able to run 3 miles and was in pain. After a thorough exam and analysis of my running, he was able to diagnose and start treatment that day. Duane provided me with exercises to strengthen my hamstring and surrounding running muscles, all while slowly building my mileage back up. He was honest with me about setting realistic goals for my race and helped me to meet those goals. With his help, I was able to run the New York City Marathon.”
“I first went to Duane prior to training for my first full marathon because I had some aches and pains from running that I wanted to sort out. Duane was able to diagnose the problems immediately and I went home pain free. The exercises he prescribed were personalized to my needs and within a few weeks, I felt stronger and pain free while running so I could get to healthy training! It’s great to have a physical therapist who understands athletes and encourages people to continue to stay active. I highly recommend Duane to any person who is looking to stay healthy while maintaining an active lifestyle!”
SPARK Physical Therapy was instrumental in my recovery of from achilles tendinitis. I visited a podiatrist who said I would need surgery to shave down a bone spur and Haglund’s Deformity. The recovery would be at least 8 weeks and at the time I was 24 weeks from running the NYC Marathon. Duane evaluated me and said I needed to work on my calf muscle and flexibility. We started treatment with dry needling and specific exercises that I could do on my own. The pain subsided and even after some long runs everything was starting to feel better. I will tell you that I ran and finished the NYC Marathon without pain or issues from my achilles. Had I not met Duane about a week after my podiatrist appointment I would have needed to defer my marathon and probably would still be recovering from the surgery. I was able to run through my injury safely and achieve my goal. The refreshing thing about SPARK Physical Therapy is they do not push for ton of session. I met my running goals in 10 sessions spread out over 3-4 months. Big Thank you to Duane and I highly recommend seeing him for any running injury you may have!
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