Review

New York City Runner Review and Testimonial by Marilyn Rosario

What are your running goals?

Marilyn: My goals were to become a better runner by incorporating more strength training exercises to my routine.

#RunPainFree Expert: Marilyn is an OT (Occupational Therapist), in her value of the function of the body, she came to us for prevention! She was ahead of the game, to ensure she could run with no problems.. and attain her goal of the NYC Marathon 2016. 

Why did you seek out #RunPainFree?

Marilyn: I knew that scoliosis was having an impact on my running and I wanted to see what #RunpainFree could do to help me. It was a year ago around this time that I had my first consult with Jessica.

#RunPainFree Expert: As an FMS expert, the job is find what is causing discomfort, or pain. In this case it was the imbalance in muscle development, due to the scoliosis and how her bones formed and grew. Can we change bones? No. But, we can retrain the muscles to reach and stay at their potential, in a way that prevents further dysfunction to the hips, which then dictates the knees and ankle joints. It was imperative we began immediately to address this. 

What was it that made you choose #RunPainFree over other options?

Marilyn: I started to read about Jessica to see the types of runners/clients she worked with. She has several clients like me who have scoliosis.

#RunPainFree Expert: We all have a slight case of scoliosis, so it's super common for #RunPainFree. Ranging in clients from 12 years old to 76 year old seniors I have corrected every single person that's come to me for the fall out of having scoliosis. I was confident in getting Marilyn on a stronger path. 

Did you see any other specialists before seeing a #RunPainFree Expert?

Marilyn: I went to a chiropractor to see if he can help me at first and just had me do an x-ray, a slight adjustment and threw some exercises for me to do without showing me how to do it. So I decided to call Jessica and had my consult and the rest has been history.

#RunPainFree Expert: I come from a Movement prospective. Orthopedic Surgeons cut, Chiropractors adjust, and Physical Therapy manipulate to get you mobile, #RunPainFree retrains your entire body how to function, and by default, we correct the pain you feel by correcting the entire movement pattern that resulted in the pain you feel. That's the huge difference between us. If you get an adjustment, but lack muscles that know how to fire, or have the wrong muscles firing, to keep that adjustment, the body slips out a few days later, you may spasm, and you're back at the chiro's door. Each profession is amazing! But, each profession has limits, and when it comes to movement...that is #RunPainFree, not those listed above. Furthermore in working with athletes, and until they are corrected, all their movement compounds their imbalances. So I must work fast, especially runners in marathon training mode. I have to keep up with them so their progressions happens, and allows me to progress them into the phases of correction. With Marilyn, we were able to jump right into her training. I have yet to tell a runner to stop running. I correct IN movement, so I need you moving to see whats going on and follow what the body reveals.

What was the difference between seeing your chiropractor, and seeing #RunPainFree?

Marilyn: She never told me that I could never run again. She helps manage my scoliosis by helping my underdeveloped muscles get developed and getting my body stronger.

#RunPainFree Expert: Immediately we addressed her T-Spine imbalance both muscularly and joint function, as well as shoulder girdle and Lats. The more we addressed her foundation, releasing the fascia of the IT band, which comes up from her knee, along the outer thigh, covering 80% of her glute, then following up across from her hip, low back, T-Spine and attaching at the opposite shoulder. AKA, IT band; (YES, it covers all of that and therefore dictates the entire movement pattern of a run) Essential to any runner, but specifically to Scoliosis, because there is bone restriction that is not moveable, where as facia creates restriction itself it adds to this overall restriction that trickles downs the body, resulting in pain and/or injuries. 

What have you been able to do since you decided to become a #RunPainFree client?

Marilyn: Last year was my first marathon and I wanted to be ready and to last the whole 26.2 miles pain-free! I signed on with #RunPainFree and have seen Jessica once a week to complete my exercise routine.

#RunPainFree Expert: GOAL! She completed the race and officially became a #RunPainFree NYC Marathon Finisher! She is currently in her loaded phase and solidifying her correction, running like a Gazelle, stronger everyday. She start's as a Pacer for the Galloway Running Group this 2017 Marathon training season, as she heads for Chicago Marathon 2017!

Overall, what has your experience with Jessica and #RunPainFree been?

Marilyn: Each and every session I was getting stronger and I started to get faster and more efficient in my runs and finally started to PR my races!!

They have helped me so much and I am so grateful for her. I look forward to continuing to working with her so I can continue to achieve my goals.

#RunPainFree Expert: Marilyn is the epitome of what #RunPainFree can do for those that do not have any injuries and want to keep it that way! Prevention is always the best correction. Coach Proud of how far she's come, and where I can see her going.. I will be right there making sure she accomplishes all her goals!

#RunPainFree Review and Testimonial by Jimmy Leung

RunPainFree Review and Testimonial by Jimmy Leung

What were you experiencing that made you seek out #RunPainFree?

Jimmy L.: After running 200 miles in January my IT Band started screaming and shut me down almost completely in Feb.

RunPainFree Expert: After assessing Jimmy, he had classic IT Band issues that had gone unattended for too long. In elite runners, as Jimmy is, they tend to go much longer in pain and cause more injuries, and more severe injuries. 

How did you meet Jessica & her #RunPainFree Program?

Jimmy L.: It was the 2nd week in March when I hit the panic button. Many friends from my club went to Jessica and was able to run pain free again so it's now my turn.

RunPainFree Expert: I work with, and have seen, many of Jimmy's friends, so I was glad he finally got in to get assessed, since I had heard about his pain from his peers. 

What was #RunPainFree able to do for you?

Jimmy L.: She fixed my ITB in our 2nd session and is now helping me to run correctly. I just completed my 2nd Half marathon in April completely pain free. Actually better than pain free.

RunPainFree Expert: The more athletic the runner is, the more they build out their muscles dysfunctionally, literally change the formation of them, and it's function. Jimmy was one of these athletes. His calves were as if someone stuffed a Yam under his skin. When this is the case, it requires me to break down all the incorrectly built muscle; and in order to do so I need to break down that tissue holding everything in, to get to the muscle to correct function, train the muscles to stay that way and then rebuild it. In starting this, I broke my stick in 2 pieces over the side of his calf as where the IT Band inserts, as I was rolling him. Instantly, Jimmy was a #RunPainFree hero to all the #RunPainFree runners!

I have started his process of breaking down the muscle he built dysfunctionally, release the tension on his joints, train the function to gain range, and the train the muscles to stay that way. He is knee deep in correction, currently hitting phase 2. 

How have you felt running races and marathons, since seeing a  #RunPainFree Expert?

Jimmy L.: During the last half marathon my hamstring tightened up on me at mile 10. I used a stretch that Jessica showed me and I was then able to run a 5k pace for last 3 miles. #RunPainFree works and will get you back on track fast!

RunPainFree Expert: Jimmy has only done 4 sessions, and you can see the impact correction has, and how fast it can take you to a better place as a runner and an athlete, with the #RunPainFree program. The more tenacity, dedication and trust the runner has, the better their results are. Just after 4 sessions, Jimmy not only ran 2 halves a week apart, but came in just 2 seconds over his goal in the 2nd one, Hawaii Marathon 4/9/17.

New York City Runner Review of #RunPainFree by Telisa Walter

#RunPainFree Client Highlight: Telisa Walter and her many running accomplishments!

#RunPainFree Client Highlight: Telisa Walter and her many running accomplishments!

WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT RUNNING GOALS?

Telisa: My only goal was to fix the nagging IT pain that just would not go away despite everything I tried.

WHY DID YOU SEEK OUT #RUNPAINFREE?

Telisa: I went to Jessica after a PT (physical therapy) failed to help me run without pain. After 13 marathons, I was convinced I was done with long runs due to the pain.

#RunPainFree Expert: Telisa had knee pain caused by the IT (ileotibial) Band, which was restricting her hip from properly functioning. It also prevented her from having proper ankle flexion.  

WHAT WAS #RUNPAINFREE ABLE TO DO FOR YOUR IT BAND AND PAIN?

Telisa: She (Jessica) helped not only the IT pain get better but has worked on every single muscle that the injured IT band affected (spoiler alert- it was all of them).

#RunPainFree Expert: We addressed the movement pattern of her IT Band. It dictates the entire chain of movement, particularly with runners. This brought about other imbalances, dysfunction and weaknesses (often due to other muscle groups having to compensate) that needed to be corrected, in order to allow us to correct the root cause of her knee pain.

WHAT IS YOUR END RESULT HAVING WORKED WITH #RUNPAINFREE?

Telisa: Not only am I running without pain now, but because my muscles are working properly, I'm even faster, without extra effort simply due to running more efficiently.  Jessica (#RunPainFree) is great and never once told me not to run.

#RunPainFree Expert: We also uncovered a bit of dysfunction in her T (thoracic) spine, often caused by carrying heavy shoulder sling bags, which is a big culprit for back pain in the shoulder blade region. Because we had to correct the whole movement pattern, we also address any imbalances in the thoracic shoulder girdle region. This allows her to truly mobilize her t-spine rotation, torque, and trunk stability while running.

Conclusion: Telisa has opened up her run and has solid legs, all because she was consistent both in sessions and with following the at-home program she was given. Her pains are gone and she's using LESS effort and running faster. That's what #runpainfree is about, and she now rather than thinking long runs are in her past, Telisa has NEW goals for some negative splits and PR's!!  

COACH Jessica is PROUD! #RunPainFree OUT!

#RunPainFree Review & Testimonial in New York City by Lisa Barzotto

Lisa from pptc nycrunner group

I’ve been meaning to thank Jessica #runpainfree officially on here for quite some time! I contacted Jessica about two weeks before my fall marathon (Detroit Free Press Marathon) as I’d heard about how much she has helped many of my fellow track club friends and teammates. I’d been battling nagging ITBS on my left side, and was becoming increasingly worried about it healing in time for the race.

During training, I’d feel fantastic up until mile 15… and then frustrating, debilitating IT pain would set in. Every. Time. I was feeling pretty anxious about it (likely) happening during the marathon, especially having to run the last 11 miles in agony. I wanted so badly to be able to run this marathon with my sister (her first marathon) but was starting to convince myself it just wasn’t possible. On short notice, Jessica fit me into her packed schedule and spent time listening to me, assessing/observing my running, teaching me about ITBS, how to foam roll the right way, and various strengthening and corrective exercises.

She met with me a few days before the big day for one more session (and pep talk!) and checked in with me leading up to race day. I’m so grateful to report that I ran my marathon without ANY pain until mile 24…And the last 2 miles were more of a discomfort, not the debilitating IT pain I’d experienced during my training. It was a truly incredible experience to run a marathon with my sister and I felt overjoyed to be able to enjoy every moment of it without pain.

THANK YOU Jessica and #runpainfree! Your dedication and the passion you have for your work is so inspiring. I’m grateful for the help and support you gave me leading up to my maratho. Happy Running, all!!!

Written by Lisa Barzotto on Facebook.