Runners

Are you looking to return to run after a hiatus or postpartum? Considering continuing to run through pregnancy? Have you had a chronic dysfunction or chronic pain as a runner for years and are burnt out from traditional physical therapy? Maybe you don’t consider yourself a runner but would like to start? We are the place for you.

At Indigo, we treat runners of all levels, from novice to Olympian, from the ground up and top down, considering all elements of what goes into running, from body efficiency to power, endurance, strength, to what drives you mentally to run. A runner herself, Dr. Sam understands what it feels like to be on the road or trail, and harnesses this empathy in her runner’s analysis and treatment

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During a session with Dr. Sam after a comprehensive past medical history and subjective, you can expect:

  • A full physical assessment including posture, strength, balance, neuromotor control
  • Tissue presentation (scars from surgery, c section, episiotomy, tearing, diastasis recti, myofascial tension, body holding patterns)
  • Running video gait analysis on a treadmill with comparison on asphalt
  • Foot/ankle and footwear analysis and education
  • Significant client education, home practice plan or run schedule, postpartum/post-hiatus return to running, modifications or changes to prenatal running
  • If indicated, manual therapy techniques such as scar release, myofasical release, visceral
  • Gait retraining, therapeutic exercise
  • And much more!

Dr. Sam DuFlo, PT, DPT, PRPC, RRCA Certified Running Coach is a nationally recognized provider of care for runners, particularly female identifying runners that are prenatal, postpartum, post operative, menopausal/perimenopausal or have pelvic dysfunction such as endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and so forth. Dr. Sam has recently been featured in Livestrong, Women’s Running, Mind Body Green, Runners World, and many others for her work with women runners of all abilities. Our studio is specifically designed for the needs of our clients- we welcome to take a peek and see for yourself.

I'm a runner, why should I see Dr. Sam?

Prenatal: Prepare your body optimally for carrying the increased weight and shifting of center of mass, as well as the various physiological changes that lead to increased mobility and flexibility, intra-abdominal pressure, and other changes that occur during pregnancy so that you can make educated decisions about your running plans during pregnancy but also best prepare your pelvis for the birth you desire. Labor and birthing is often about opening the pelvic outlet and allowing muscles to relax and lengthen- we teach you how to do that without compromising strength.

Postpartum: We can’t recommend pelvic physical therapy enough postpartum. Whether you had a c section, a vaginal delivery, are breastfeeding/lactation or not, a tear or episiotomy, diastasis recti- in any scenario evidence shows that having certain strength and flexibility markers within certain time windows postpartum are strong indicators of success in returning to run without injury or impact. From footwear changes to arch, pelvic basin, posture, rib, breath and abdominal changes, to phases of gait and running stance shifts with a running stroller, we address all that goes into running postpartum.

Runners of all life stages: Although the pelvic floor is the ‘floor of your core,’ it is often neglected in runners, or- more too frequently- overworked, tight, and unable to function properly to facilitate your abdominals and diaphragm, which controls your breath (and body’s ability to oxygenate.) This can present like:

  • Leaking urine with running or impact
  • Low back pain
  • Poor force transfer with step
  • SIJ instability or pain
  • Glute amnesia, hip pain, poor hip extension
  • Diastasis recti (abdominal separation) that is reluctant to close
    Etc.

Pelvic Dysfunction/Endometriosis/Etc.: Running can increase inflammation and have other physiological effects on your body: both positive and negative. Timing during the menstrual cycle, addressing scar tissue, physical fatigue management and training strategies are critical to keep you up and running and doing what you love.

Orthopedics: Our hands-on, whole body approach and Indigo “special sauce” of complex systems allows us to treat common running injuries with a greater perspective.

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