Best shape of his life at 63 years old thanks to Physical Therapy

IMG_98271 (1)Physical Therapy Leads To Running Post-Career

Lee White, 63 years old,  stopped by Baudry Therapy to share his recent accomplishments and we wanted to share his physical therapy success.

White was a high school cross country runner and truly enjoyed the sport in his youth. When he began his career, he was healthy, active and weighed 175 lbs. But work and life responsibilities got the best of him and he started developing poor habits – not exercising, eating poorly, and over-stressing. His weight increased to over 260 lbs over his career.

White decided that he needed to get back in shape. Once he retired, he got back to running. Over the next 3 years he lost approximately 60 lbs. He felt great! But a knee injury and subsequent surgery required him to stop running. White was upset that he couldn’t run, but he didn’t give up.

After his surgery, he started physical therapy at Baudry Therapy and made great progress. He did the work and was able to get back to running! He is finally back to where he was 3 years ago before his injury. In July, he charted 53 miles and a total of 289 miles for the year!

“Running helps me in every dimension of my life. I am physically stronger, healthier and mentally more alert than I’ve ever been,” White said.

When asked what his secret is to getting back in shape White said, “I set goals for myself and I got educated. I also took the advice of the professionals here at Baudry Therapy and I didn’t give up.”

We love hearing success stories from our clients.  If you are looking to get better and return to the things you love, please call Baudry Therapy Center today!

Ask The PT: Breathing Tips for Runners

Ask the PT: Breathing Tips for Runners

Ask-The-PTIn the next series of “Ask the PT”, Team BRIO provides breathing tips for runners.

Q: How can you get your breathing better while running.  I seem to breathe heavy no matter what I do.  I play tennis as well so I thought that would help with my running breathing.

A: Breathing for those new to long distance running is a common concern.  I think it can be more common in a climate like New Orleans where the heat and humidity are potentially complicating factors.  Below are a couple of articles that are specific to runners and both discuss techniques to better breathing, perhaps different than techniques you may be used to with tennis.  Both articles reference learning how to breath using diaphragmatic breathing.  The video gives a more in-depth description.  Most runners I know have had to work on this, and most develop a variation of one of these techniques that works best for them.

Breathing Tips for New Runners

How Should I Breathe When I Run

 

ASK THE PT

Baudry Therapy Center/ BRIO partnered with the New Orleans Track Club to launch an “Ask the PT” feature in the NOTC monthly newsletter allowing runners the opportunity to submit questions to our experienced PTs about run training, nutrition or pain. If you have a question, please send it to [email protected].

 

TEAM BRIO: RUNNING

Team BRIO brings an enlightened and informed perspective to the sport of running, helping runners to truly understand the physical, mental, and mechanical limitations that hinder their performance. BRIO’s experienced team of physical therapists, exercise physiologists, personal trainers and run coaches works with runners on an individual basis to not only educate, but to inspire—motivating runners to reach their set goals, and unlock the true potential within. For more information on running or run training, please check out our Running Series or call us today at 504.841.0150.