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Sometimes it's more normal to be abnormal!

As a practising health professional, anatomy was always taught that good healthy movement sits within a boundary of specific parameters (angles / degrees) that define the word 'normal'. Normal is considered as the correct way for the body to operate comfortably without the fear of damaging itself. Mindful of this, anything that sits outside of these angles and dangles must therefore be defined as 'abnormal'. Abnormal is apparently the place where vulnerability to injury happens and therefore investment into therapy, treatment, support and often surgical intervention is typically promoted. Contra to most health professionals popular belief, recent evidence suggests that this is actually quite far from the truth. 

Gravity, theres no escaping!

It's safe to say that since the get-go, we evolve to the environment we've been brought up in. Our bodies have slowly forged to being the self standing individuals we are today, which makes us all unique. If we have spent a lifetime walking, it is 'normal' for the arch of your foot to lower and spread out a little. Does this necessarily mean we have shifted from normal to abnormal and that injury is likely?  
Truth be told, we don't believe that there is difference between normal and abnormal movement providing you are not experiencing any symptoms. A foot can be just as healthy if it over-pronates if it has the strength to take you away from that movement just as quickly as it happens. In running, this is most evident with Elite runners. Some of them appear to have awful running form, but capable with their 'abnormailities' of delivering a 2:20 marathon! This could apply with many 'conditions' in daily living that we have been told is a problem and requires 'adjustment' or  'correction' (Some health professionals often make a good living from continiously treating with intention to return you to this nervana place called 'normal').
We should be celebrating movement instead of fearing it. Being all unique, we believe you can run, walk, sleep, eat and sit in any way you like providing it's not causing you pain or discomfort. We don't believe there is such thing as bad posture, and there is little evidence to suggest that having a normal arched foot has any greater benefit from a low arched foot (you may want a little time to thing about that!)

I don't have poor running technique, I just have Gravity issues!

Visiting us, please don't expect us to have you running much different than you do, its important not to disrupt the way your body has decided to run for ages. What we do is to try to improve your overall running economy. Running economy comes from reducing joint loading pressure when gravity welcomes you to the ground. Our aim is to get gravity working to your best advantage. After all, we can't avoid gravity, but with little changes to your running technique accompanied with a bit of homework, we can certainly try and get it working better towards your favour! 

What I would give for gravity issues!

A summary:

'Abnormailities' shouldn't necessarily be pigeon holed as something that needs 'correcting', nor should it be promoted in a negative way towards patients either. More than often, treating abnormailities as a negative can often trigger off doubt and concern with the patient which could inturn change the way they perform, thus causing injury. On a final, we probably see more people that sit outside of the 'normal spectrum' than those who sit within the 'normal spectrum'.  The many 'abnormal' clients that visit us happen to have great success with health and performance with great running efficiency too. Maybe perhaps it's more normal to be abnormal! 

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