Running

More than 70% of our patients are runners. We have Physiotherapists and Osteopaths that are specialists in running technique, assessment and creating tailored training programmes.

Running done properly is not bad for you, its all about the correct alignment and training regimen. We offer running assessments to analyse your technique using our treadmill and tweak it just enough to enable recovery and improve performance without causing more problems. If you have an injury you need to see one of our Specialist Running Physiotherapists who will get you back on the road, field, trail, treadmill or mountain ASAP.

Please use the search tool in this website to find lots of articles and information about running injuries, technique, training and marathons. We also have a running section in our exercise videos library, it is definitely worth you checking this out too. Please click on the following extract to read the full testimonial from one of our many satisfied marathon runners:

“4 weeks before I assumed that I would have to drop out but after a series of intense sessions ensured that I ran the marathon without any problems,” go to our Octopus Clinic testimonials section to learn more or check out our 100% five star google reviews, many of whom you will see are runners. 

 

Technique 

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We carry out presentations and workshops on marathon running (including half marathons and ultra-marathons) for running teams and charities which we consistently get excellent feedback on so please get in touch if you would be interested.  

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    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works before reading the following. Make sure you have your pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sports doctor to ensure that this exercise is appropriate.

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  • Stretching

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