No white linoleum or fluorescent lighting here. There's classical music, dark wooden bookcases, a desk disappearing under dog-eared medical tomes. A human skeleton dangles from a metal pole; I reflexively imagine the hollow clackety-clack of jostling bones. Taking off my shoes, I stand next to a padded exam table. Dr. Daniel Shadoan places his hands lightly on my shoulders. I stand straight and breathe deep, wondering what his hands are telling him. Is my weight distributed evenly on both feet? Is one shoulder higher than the other? He asks how I'm feeling, and I say my lower back has been hurting. "Hmm," he murmurs. Shadoan is an osteopathic physician, or DO, and I'm about to receive a treatment known as osteopathic manual manipulation. While DOs are often indistinguishable from MDs (they are fully licensed, and can prescribe drugs and perform surgery like an MD), their medical education is rooted in a distinctive philosophy. Like all integrative doctors, osteopathic physicians … [Read more...] about The Best Doctors You’ve Never Heard Of
Best cushioned running shoes 2016
Your favorite running shoe may not look like your neighbor’s all that much longer. Shoe manufacturers are putting focus far beyond the glue and stitching in sneaker construction to create customizable footwear that molds to every individual runner.What’s Happening NowUsing “selective laser sintering,” a 3D-printing process that constructs components of a shoe one layer at a time, rather than the traditional model of cutting or injecting foam, companies can engineer the structure of a shoe—starting with the outsole and moving into the midsole—to create unique models from the ground up. It also allows them to dial in a custom fit more quickly, because they can tweak a prototype in a matter of hours, rather than the months-long process of building and shipping shoes from factories in Asia. Nike used the method to speed up production of prototypes in order to go through several dozens of iterations of track spikes for elite athletes such as Allyson … [Read more...] about How 3D Printing Will Optimize Your Next Pair of Running Shoes
During the last two months I’ve met with representatives from nearly every shoe company to preview their models for 2015 and early 2016. Amid a blizzard of flashy colors and names, there are some larger trends you can look forward to on the shelves in the coming months.More is MoreEven light, neutral trainers--like the Brooks Launch, Saucony Kinvara, Sketchers GoRun, or Karhu Flow--are getting additional layers of foam and softer material to provide plush rides. Gone is the desire for “proprioception,” or feel for the road. Consumers seem to be demanding more underfoot and companies are responding. (Cheaper oil and labor prices are helping make this possible as well.)Cushion and BounceLook for shoes built with new foams directly competing with Boost. Also, models with traditional foams may be designed with slightly firmer, bouncier midsoles—particularly in the forefoot—for those wanting less ground contact time. New shoes seem to be falling more into … [Read more...] about 5 Shoe Trends to Watch in 2015
Don’t worry about pronation control, stability, or even cushioning when choosing shoes—wear what feels good and you’ll be more efficient and have fewer injuries. That’s the bottom line of a recent discussion paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that sparked a flurry of web stories, such as this New York Times piece.The BJSM paper reviews studies on footwear and injury over several decades, revealing that there is little scientific evidence connecting pronation and running injuries, nor evidence that cushioning prevents injuries—two factors often used to choose running shoes. It goes on to propose that instead of correcting your stride, shoes should support each runner’s “preferred movement path” and the best way to assess that correlation with your personal stride pattern is the subjective filter of “comfort.”Is it really as simple as “If it feels right, wear it?” Answering that requires … [Read more...] about Choosing Shoes: Should Comfort Be Your Only Guide?