On A Personal Note....
Updated: Oct 1, 2019
I don’t normally share more personal posts on my business page, but in this case I am making an exception…
I like to practice what I preach, because I believe in what I do as a practitioner (I wouldn’t be trying to make a living from it if I didn’t…), but another thing it does is to show a real-life example of how Biomechanics works, and improves the standard of life to people not only suffering with minor niggles, but chronic muscle and joint pain.
As I’m sure many of you know, I used to be a long-distance runner, competing in races anywhere between 1500m and 10K. I did this for nearly 15 years, until I decided that not only after all that time had I been there, done that, got the t-shirt, but my body was starting to struggle to cope with this demand due to repeated injuries (mostly as a result of a chronic foot condition resulting from a trauma which occurred when I was younger, so not from training error). This was one reason (among others) I felt I needed to move on to something new, and that opportunity came when I was inspired to take up Decathlon.
Since doing multi-events, my injuries have been much easier to manage (touch wood), largely due to the variety involved, by not exerting the same repetitive stresses on my body all the time (therefore, if that isn’t a good motive for cross-training, I don’t know what is!). However, due to the chronic nature of my foot problem, I have still been suffering with this, which has hindered my ability to train (I have a lump of bone protruding from my heel).
At the start of the year I didn’t think I would be able to complete a Decathlon this season due to my foot pain. However, I preserved because it is an important thing in my life. Therefore, through lots of dedication, and help from other experts as well as my own knowledge, over the past several months I have been able to drastically reduce the level of pain I am currently experiencing, even to the point where the lump of bone has reduced down – something that many of the supposed best medical minds in charge of our health and wellbeing in this country would say is impossible without surgery… And no, I didn’t complete a Decathlon this season…. because I completed 3! Now, I am obviously not out of the woods yet, and I’m not entirely ruling out the need for surgery in the future while I still have a little way to go before I am fully fit, but the progress I have made without surgery, by addressing the alignment and imbalances in my body has so far been very rewarding.
So that’s the power of Biomechanics – something that isn’t widely practiced, but has the power to change lives. So that is one example of many I have seen of problems improving by thinking more critically about what is causing them, without just opting for a symptoms-based way out treatment from our NHS that often results in drastic measures such as unnecessary surgery.
If you are in a similar situation then please get in touch as I would love to help others with their problems (even for more minor problems or preventative purposes). If it has worked for me, then it could work for you, but not if you suffer in silence and fail to take that first step – as I can’t help you if you don’t let me!