I understand running injuries, but more importantly I understand runners.
I know how frustrating it is for you to worry about your running injury. I also know how important running is to you. It is not just a way to stay fit--for you it is a goal, a passion, a way of life. Whether you are an injured professional athlete, training for your first race, or just love running, I know how to help.
Hi, my name is Mira and I'm an Edmonton Physiotherapist
My name is Mira and I provide sports physiotherapy treatment to athletes in Edmonton. Injured runners have been trusting me to manage their running injuries for over 10 years. They include runners of all levels from international level triathletes, Olympic hopefuls, to varsity level athletes; but most of all, people who just love to run and don't want to be sidelined. When you come to see me for your running injury you can count on receiving treatment based on the latest scientific evidence.
I'm intricately familiar with the science of running, the biomechanics and the physiology involved, and what goes wrong when a runner is injured. This knowledge is what has enabled me to help countless runners just like you to feel less frustrated about their running and continue training towards their goals.
I know that as a runner you are unlike other athletes. Running is almost a compulsive behaviour for you, and it is hard to stop when your doctor or other healthcare provider tells you that you need rest. "You need to rest" is probably the most difficult thing for a runner to hear, because being in motion is not optional.
I can help you if:
You are not alone
Percentage of runners who miss training time every year due to running injury.
Words from runners I've helped
"I've had a chronic running injury for about 10 years now. My shin splints just won't go away. My sports med doctor has told me to find another sport, but I just love running too much. Mira has been able to manage my shin splints and help me continue with the sport I love. Initially she sent me for imaging to rule out a stress fracture and even though I still have mild pain I am able to run 4 times a week. She is keeping my pain under control and my running schedule on track."
FT - recreational runner
Help your injury heal faster
PHYSIOTHERAPY STIMULATES THE BODY'S NATURAL HEALING PROCESS
Heal faster and minimize getting injured again
Physiotherapy will help you get back to running in the least amount of time and minimizes the chances of re-injury. Resting may make your pain go away but rehabilitating running injuries is not about making you pain free, it's about healing. When you injure a muscle or a ligament the body repairs itself by building up scar tissue around the injury site. It is like glue to keep a muscle tear together. Unfortunately, scar tissue is brittle and the injury site becomes prone to re-injury. Physiotherapists have knowledge of advanced techniques to minimize scar tissue formation. This will not only get you recovered from your running injury faster, but will ensure that you minimize the chances of you becoming injured again.
Be active in your own recovery
It may surprise you that rest is not always the best way to treat running injuries. Other health care professionals may tell you that you need to rest to recover from your running injury and to stop running. I know that running is almost like an addiction and being fully sidelined is just not an option for many runners. I think of "rest" is a relative concept. It may simply mean reducing your trainign volume (distance or time spent running). It may surprise you that, depending on your injury, your recovery plan may include running more often!
If you suspect or know you have any of the following running injuries, I can help:
Upper leg pain
Lower leg pain
I believe we are all natural runners
I work with your running philosophy
Injured runners who come to see me bring with them various philosophies about running biomechanics and training. I understand that there are a variety of opinions about many aspects of running. I have successfully provided running injury treatment for barefoot and minimalist runners as well as runners who wear traditional running shoes. I've also treated runners who run according to The Pose Method or Chi-Running. I am comfortable combining my knowledge of the human body with your philosophy to work towards a mutual solution for your running injury.