Although Jeff had been athletic and active while he was in school, business and fatherhood had led him to adopt more sedentary
habits. He also weighed considerably more than when he had been a high school track star in his teens yet when his colleagues
invited him to join them in a 5K fund-raising race, he agreed, imagining that the experience would help  jumpstart his intention to
get back into shape.   Whatever his intention, Jeff’s body was in no condition for the challenge and the unsurprising result was a
breakdown in his system.  It could have shown up anywhere, but the condition of his body directed the forces in such a way that
the plantar fascia in his foot was under extreme pressure resulting in extreme pain.

(Being unprepared for a strenuous physical activity and yet deciding that undertaking the challenge of that activity will somehow
get you into shape is fairly common behavior. In fact, gyms depend on it. Lots of people decide to improve their physical condition
by joining a gym, going through an orientation either with or without a trainer and starting up a “routine”.  Most fitness clubs depend
on members joining and never coming back because they lost their motivation or they are in sufficient pain to cease showing up in
spite of the membership they’ve paid for. Starting an exercise plan without first considering the condition of the body could be the
single biggest reason why sport and fitness related injuries are so prevalent.)  

Another way to look at this:  A family decides to take a camping vacation to a remote location over rough terrain. They load up
the car with all their equipment and throw a couple of kayaks on the roof and off they go without ever taking into consideration
the make, model, year and mechanical condition of the car, without even checking the condition of their tires.
 When Jeff ran
his 5K he might as well have loaded half his household furniture into a 1973 VW Beetle and decided to go camping with his family
in the Himalayas; a breakdown was predictable.

Jeff is a structural engineer with a true appreciation, understanding and respect for forces so when the doctor he’d consulted
recommended orthotics, Jeff decided wanted to try something first that would “address the cause rather than the symptom.  A
range of motion (ROM) exam revealed a significant asymmetrical restriction in Jeff’s right hip.  The specific muscles supporting
the hip were tested and treated for neurological inhibition.  When a muscle is inhibited its ability to generate force and support the
joint it crosses is diminished, resulting in muscular compensation.  When this happens all movement - including exercise,
corrective exercises, yoga, Pilates, running, swimming, weight training, even daily activities - will contribute to muscular
compensation/dysfunction until communication is restored.  There is a good chance that Jeff’s hip was restricted before he ran in
the 5K, but the sudden increased demand on his body brought the symptom to light.  As soon as Jeff’s hip was moving again his
foot mechanics were greatly improved and the pain in his heel went away.
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