"When you're out of balance, two things can happen:
you can regain balance or you can fall." - Barefoot Ted
Barefoot Ted realized that running barefoot allows (or forces) you to be more in touch with your body, your form, and your environment and really helps you regain balance in these things. He has been running barefoot all around the world pain free since that first barefoot discovery run.
I love Barefoot Ted's quote above because it speaks to what each of my clients have gone through. They have gotten out of balance with nature and the human requirement for motion. Their body has responded by altering its postural position and movement patterns. Painful symptoms don't always show up right away, but the body is no longer working in an efficient pattern which can be seen in how the body moves. Looking at how someone walks, runs, gets out of a chair, or ties their shoes can show us whether a person is in balance or out of balance. Look at the runners below and see if you can spot what I'm talking about with inefficient movement:
My job as a Postural Alignment Specialist and Advanced Exercise Therapist at Oregon Exercise Therapy, is to help you learn how and why your body is out of balance and help you regain balance. This can help you avoid injury and improve performance or if you are in pain already it can help you out of chronic pain and get you back to the point where you can be as active as you want and live your life without limitations.