Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Month Ten: ChiRunning

This month I will be exploring a new way to run called the ChiRunning approach.  My good friend, Stacy, mentioned ChiRunning to me a few months ago and bought me the book for Christmas.  It's amazing how the things you need have a way of finding you.

ChiRunning is designed to build a healthy body, instead of breaking it down from misuse or overuse.  This technique claims to reduce or eliminate injury and knee pain.  My history of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and recent knee problems had me thinking that I could no longer run.  When I had my knee drained after months of pain and swelling in 2008, I thought running was a thing of my past.  Recently I decided to gently try running again and was amazed to feel the freedom and exhilaration I had missed for years.  I am perpetually on "knee watch" because my doctor said that further swelling could cause irreversible damage in my joint.  Claims of injury-free, meditative running definitely caught my attention.

As I delve into my new book and new experiment, the stars seem to be lining up.  My holistic chiropractor moved to Hawaii, selling her practice to a new doctor that specializes in Sports Medicine.  My previous doctor that discouraged running was replaced by an active and innovative chiropractor with zero effort on my part.  He seems to truly understand the biomechanics of sports-related movement.  Check out Functional Health Chiropractic and Massage in Madison Valley.  Medical and social support seem to make any endeavor more successful, so I'm considering Dr. Sasaki part of my ChiRunning support team.

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