There is a conversation taking place on facebook in a runner’s forum about “excruciating pain” in the knees. What you are about to read is the exchange I had with the author of the original post. Check it out below. And will you do something? If you know someone...Read More »
Have you been told by a medical professional that the pain you’re experiencing is all in your head? Yes, it’s true. But it’s also much more complicated than that. It does not mean you’re crazy. It’s possible that that particular professional is not fully suited to help you through the...Read More »
Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. Brightly colored lights and fir trees are being hung with care. And yes, Christmas shopping season has officially begun.
If you’re anything like me, the availability of ridiculous amounts of fatty and sugary treats has you reaching to loosen the belt notch. You may...Read More »
Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a huge advocate of foam roller therapy, and for a good reason: it works. In my personal and professional life I have found that foam roller therapy is an incredibly valuable practice. It is an absolutely vital component of a well...Read More »
Feet. Do we need them?
There are 26 bones in the human foot, 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, and roughly the same number of sensory nerves that you have on the palms of your hands. By the way, that’s the same amount of nerves as the inside of your...Read More »
This week, we have a very special guest post from Carly Pollack of Nutritional Wisdom. Carly’s mission is to educate clients so that they can become their own “nutritionist”. Through her clinical experience of over 800 clients, she has obtained the tools necessary to coach a wide spectrum of individuals.
By...Read More »
A couple of weeks ago I touched upon the subject of the need to train form, not conditioning in Injury: Recovery & The Grand Return. In today’s post, I want to dive a little deeper into the subject of Form.Read More »
Have you ever suffered an injury because of bad advice?
It’s not your fault. There is so much misinformation out there on the internet that is dangerous. There’s no way around it.
It concerns me to read advice – albeit from genuinely well meaning people – that I know, because I’ve seen...Read More »
Last week I discussed, in Pushing Through The Pain, the meaning and role of “good” vs “bad” pain and the need to understand what pain is communicating with you. This week I would like to discuss some of the most important items to consider when returning from...Read More »
This past week, Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University wrote an article that I think you should take a moment to read right now: When Running Hurts: Discriminating Between Good Pain and Bad Pain. He writes about the difference between good and bad pain for barefoot runners and...Read More »
I have been a minimalist/barefoot runner for over four years. I started before the book “Born to Run” gave barefoot running widespread attention. Which, by the way, is a great, inspiring book, and not just because of the barefoot running aspect. It’s just a good read and I highly...Read More »
Last week, my partner Katy and my son JBird left Austin for Kentucky to spend some time with Katy’s mom. Katy will stay in Kentucky for a week and a half, and leaves to spend the summer semester in Turkey (You can follow Katy’s adventures in Turkey on her...Read More »
I wanted to get your opinion about rolling out the IT band with a firm roller. My understanding is that you can certainly massage and gently stretch the IT band, but it is supposed to be taut because it helps to support the lateral leg muscles. People feel...Read More »
Questions I get from regular people…
Hi there Jesse!
First off, thank you for the great resources that you have provided in your blog. It is almost exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have been wearing vibram five fingers as my daily shoe now for about 3 years. I prefer to...Read More »
Pain sucks. Like a leech. It literally sucks your energy. It will drain you. What were once simple and enjoyable tasks, become tedious and hard. Pain will leave you unfulfilled with life.
Pain is a wrecking ball. It wreaks havoc and leaves destruction in its wake. Pain will quickly, almost without...Read More »
I want to return to the discussion of minimalist or barefoot walking and running to stress a point about transitioning to minimalist or barefoot shoes and the process of changing one’s walking and running form.
There are many runners who transition way too quickly. They quickly pick up their mileage...Read More »
This post is a response to an email I received this past week.
I found you on Facebook’s Barefoot Running group discussion about stress fractures and would like to seek your advice.Read More »
Some of the best inspiration that I get comes directly from my clients. Since I started writing this blog six months ago, the amount of back and forth with my readers – you – has grown. This communication has been incredibly useful and has helped me grow as a practitioner....Read More »
Last week I posted a six week program to help you slowly transition towards minimalist/barefoot walking and, ultimately, running. This weeks post is a 12 week program to slowly transition you into minimalist/barefoot running in a way that minimizes pain and injury, not just in the short term, but for...Read More »
I got a phone call from a friend last week asking me about minimalist running. This is what she said:
“I want to run. I feel great when I run. But every time I try to start back up with running, after a few weeks,...
Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and what was once a beautifully roasted turkey has become the base for this week’s sandwiches. And yes, Christmas shopping season has officially begun.
If you’re anything like me, the availability of ridiculous amounts of sugary treats has been the reason to let your...Read More »
Over the past few years I have been living a story. It’s one that I tell myself daily. It is a simple story, filled with the excuses of why “I can’t.” In this story I continually place my family and work responsibilities at the top of the priority list while...Read More »
This week, I wrote a guest blog for ToeSalad.com, a website dedicated towards minimalist running.
Extreme pain and debilitating injury
Every single week I have several new clients come in to see me because they are in a great deal of pain. A handful have been dealing with it for a...
This week is a video blog with how to instructions for temporary relief from common running/walking pains.
For the best results with this quick do it yourself-massage therapy, spend 3-5 minutes massaging the areas described.
It is important to follow up with full body foam rolling techniques as outlined in my...Read More »
When I started this blog, my goal was to share knowledge and self-care tips on the treatment of chronic pain and injury. Until now I have focused my discussions on deep tissue massage therapy, self-massage using foam roller therapy, corrective exercises and barefoot walking and...
This is the final installment of my series on Posture. A few weeks ago, I described posture as the absolute need for stability.
“It is from stability that all healthy movement is derived.”
Last week I demonstrated that the foot is the foundation of your posture (see: Injury Prevention Begins at your Foot). In the article I discussed the role of the feet in providing stability and mobility for the...Read More »
Over the past couple of weeks, I talked about What is Posture - the fundamental need for stabilization to provide healthy movement; and You Cannot Control Your Posture - postural control does not come from conscious thought. This brings up...Read More »
“The heel cushions and arch supports within modern shoes have made our feet weaker, the foot has so much support in...
As a deep tissue massage therapist, fitness coach, and barefoot running coach, I have treated a number of very common running injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT band pain. Over the...Read More »
Heel Strike Compared To Forefoot Strike Gait Pattern And How It Relates To Pain By Jesse James Retherford
In these difficult financial times, when stress levels are high and every dollar counts, massage is more necessary than ever. I am frequently asked if I can bill insurance for the services I provide....Read More »
Ask the Experts: How Much “Time” Do I Need to Safely Transition to Minimalist Footwear? By Jay Dicharry
Q: In the transition to minimalist footwear, am I going to get hurt? And how long does this transition take?
Jay Dicharry responds:
There has been a lot of interest lately in the transition to minimal footwear. Am I going to get hurt? How long does this...
Do Your Shoulders Burn With Pain After Working at the Computer All Day?
Do you think about your posture while working on the computer? The chances are that you don’t and if I was to take a picture of you at the end of the day would your neck be hidden...Read More »
The Emotional Effects Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Be More Harmful!
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. It is an especially painful condition that affects approximately three percent of all adults in the United States.
People who work with their hands...Read More »
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella’s Reply to Jeff Galloway’s Views on Minimalist Running Shoes and Injuries: Thoughts From a Minimalist Shoe Store Owner
With all his books, coaching experience, training methods, racing achievements, and Ironman-like durability with just over a half-century of miles on his legs, Jeff Galloway is a respected fixture in the running community. And along with many other runners, I’m a subscriber to his email newsletter.Read More »
Plantar Fasciitis is the common term for what should be more accurately termed Plantar Fasciosis. itits is an acute inflammation caused by a trauma or infection. osis is chronic degenerative condition.
No evidence exists for an ideal treatment of this condition without identifying and treating...Read More »
Me and my 6 year old and 3 year old kids. On a Barefoot Walk
Is barefoot best for kids? 6 months ago I would have said No. Now I encourage my family to go barefoot as much as possible.
5 months ago I happened across a series...Read More »
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Pain is part of the evaluation process when you are presented with it in your daily life and activities. Your movements will be complicated, dysfunctional and any sustainable activity that requires strength, endurance or flexibility will not be possible. Pain changes motor...Read More »
Did you wake up this morning with a stiff back? If so, the “Fuzz” could be the reason why.Read More »
• how much you move
• the way you move
• how you manage stress
Each of these things play a role in how you feel.
Are you suffering from chronic pain in your back, neck, shoulders, or knees? Deep tissue massage therapy can help. Deep tissue massage utilizes a variety of techniques designed to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, increase functional range of motion, and improve posture.
The goal of Pain is not a bad thing. It is not a good thing either. Pain is a form of communication our bodies have with us to tell us something is going on. Sometimes it is from pushing ourselves to the extreme, the burn in our lungs and legs with a hard...
Pain is not a bad thing. It is not a good thing either. Pain is a form of communication our bodies have with us to tell us something is going on. Sometimes it is from pushing ourselves to the extreme, the burn in our lungs and legs with a hard...Read More »
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a continuous web of connective tissue that exists throughout your body. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and organs are connected through this web, binding these structures together and creating a three-dimensional matrix that connects you from the top of...Read More »