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217369119484610699vfpoab0icBy Sean M. Wheeler, M.D.                                     September 18, 2015

While reading the New York Times this past week, I was drawn to this story of how runners slow with age, and how strength training may help restore speed as they age, based on a new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine

To maintain running speed as the years pass, the study concludes runners should strengthen their calf and ankle flexor muscles.

Through strength training.

This conclusion is incomplete, as it ignores the power to remain motionless.

Whether or not a runner, as we age our bodies experience the loss of power affecting everyday mobility.

For specialized bracing muscles located in six high-performance locations within the body — ankles, feet, low back, neck, shoulders, hips — this loss of power is caused by a decrease in endurance, rather than a lack of strength. 

At peak capability and as the label implies, bracing muscles brace, providing stability by not moving through spontaneous all day endurance, while our action muscles move intermittently only when called upon.

Understanding how our bodies must simultaneously retain the power to remain motionless AND the power to move, offers deep insight into how our bodies may retain mobility and achieve liberation from chronic pain.

At any age.

In aging, as diminished circulation — blood flow — to our bracing muscles cause them to lose their endurance and the power to remain motionless — to brace — our bodies attempt to make up for this loss by altering movements through, for example, shortening gait, restricting joint motion, and substituting action muscle strength for bracing muscle endurance.

These altered movements too often result in other physical ailments, leading to a remaining lifetime of decreased mobility and often chronic pain.

Begin the UPRISEing to refresh your power. For yourself, and those you care about. 

To defy these limitations of aging.

Ask your healthcare provider and insurance plan for circulation training rather than strength training — to pump blood flow rather than pump iron — to restore endurance in affected bracing muscles. 

Whether a dedicated runner or focused more simply on everyday mobility, together the power to remain motionless AND the power to move offers lifetimes of enjoyment.

For you.

And those for whom your everyday body mobility ensures your presence.

Surface your inner revolutionary.  UPRISE

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Joining today's edition of Blog Talk Radio is back pain authority Dr. Sean Wheeler.

For the first time in modern medicine, Dr. Wheeler shares the cause of modern back pain as detailed in his new book, UPRISE: Achieving Back Liberation by Tuning Your Body Guitar.

UPRISE, the result of over 20 years of patient research, caps Dr. Wheeler's 7-year personal journey to document and publish his findings, revealing how back pain is today the world's most disabling disease.

It is Dr. Wheeler's hope that identifying the cause of back pain provides the match lighting a fire of worldwide revolution in the care and treatment of back pain sufferers everywhere.

Join in the conversation at Blog Talk Radio.


16PHYSED tmagArticleWhile reading the New York Times this past week I was drawn to this column talking about how runners slow with age, and how strength training may help restore speed as we age, based on a new study published last month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine

In approaching age 40, runners begin to lose activation and power in the muscles of their ankles, their stride becomes shorter.  This change accelerates past age 50.

When running, and for everyday mobility, everything starts with the ankle as the ankle is the base of the body.

The lead author of this study suggests that to maintain more of our speed as the years pass, we should consider strengthening our calf and ankle flexor muscles.

Through strength training.

With distance runners and indeed among us all as we age, changes we experience in the ankle flexor muscles are due to a decrease in endurance, rather than solely a lack of strength. 

Understanding this difference — the need for improved muscle endurance beyond strength alone — offers a better understanding of the onset of conditions elsewhere in your body with this similar category of muscles, such as your back, as well as assisting the runners of our world.

What exactly is the muscle category of which I speak?

Muscles of your foot and the soleus muscles in your ankle are of a specialized type labeled Bracing Muscles.

Bracing muscles are unique in the way our bodies use them, rely on them and, as we age or are injured, compensate for them as they become weak and lose the ability to provide us their bracing, stabilizing function within our bodies.

As the label implies, bracing muscles brace high-performance parts of our bodies to provide stability by not moving when another muscle type, Action Muscles, move around them. Bracing muscles are designed to provide our bodies stability all day; they must possess the endurance to function throughout the length of our day.

This bracing stability is so important that when bracing muscles are not performing at their peak, our bodies make drastic changes attempting to maintain this stability:

Our action muscles compensate for them, our joints tighten to compensate for them, our movement and gait changes to adjust for them.

These drastic changes create even more problems within our bodies. Over time the arch changes, the heel cord tightens and our gait becomes even worse. Perceived solutions such as arch supports, new shoes and stretching before runs spiral into a constant losing battle. Eventually the aging runner suffers knee and hip arthritis, a direct result of the loss of bracing function through the ankle and foot.


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Dr. Dan LorenzDr. Dan LorenzSports and orthopedic physical therapy authority Dr. Dan Lorenz is a respected clinician, educator and published numerous times in peer-reviewed journals.

Elite athletes from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, WNBA and other professional and collegiate sports turn to Dr. Lorenz as their provider of choice. In addition, he has worked at institutions such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and consults with professional sports clients such as National Football League teams on "return to play" criteria.

Dr. Lorenz has this to say about UPRISE: Back Pain Liberation, by Tuning Your Body Guitar, the new book by sports medicine and back pain authority Dr. Sean Wheeler

"The ideal treatment for low back pain has evaded health care providers for decades. We see countless approaches proposed to treat chronic back pain with little to no success. As medical professionals, it is our responsibility to make the complexities of pathology simple for our patients to understand the hows and whys of their condition, and what must be done to address it.

In UPRISE, Dr. Sean Wheeler boldly offers a refreshing perspective on the causes and ultimately the true cure for modern low back pain.

With an easy-to-read discussion of this complex condition, and an even easier to understand approach, the Body Guitar, Dr. Wheeler's book will help people maximize pain relief and function by a committed approach to changing habits, including the 'tuning' of your individual Body Guitar."

Building on earlier praise for UPRISE from experts such as the alpha doc to professional athletes Dr. James Andrews, the Architect of the Greatest Turnaround in College Football History in Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder, and award-winning Television Writer and Producer Lynne Litt, as well as literary praise from critics such as Publisher's WeeklyUPRISE adds a powerful new understanding to the true cause of modern low back pain.

UPRISE is available at, providers globally, and select book stores.

Dr. Lorenz was awarded his Doctor of Physical Therapy with an emphasis in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. He is a licensed Physical Therapist [PT], a licensed athletic trainer [LAT], a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS] through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach. Dr. Lorenz today is the Director of Physical Therapy at Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Kansas City.

 As parents, educators, and healthcare professionals, we want the best for our kids. If they are struggling in school, we do whatever it takes to help them succeed. If they are in band, we get them lessons. If they play sports, we practice in the yard. We're concerned with what they do and learn now, and how that will affect them as adults. We're concerned with how they treat their friends, their teachers, and other human beings.

We're also concerned with their habits and their lifestyle choices: sleep, nutrition, internet and social activities, what they watch on TV, what their grades are, whether they're dressed appropriately, and, of course, if they have enough time to simply be kids. We want our children to become confident, caring adults who value hard work and themselves. 

What we don’t seem to worry enough about is a future involving back pain, which could keep them from working or enjoying life at all. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. A significant number of people will experience chronic back pain in their lives. We don’t seem to worry about this, because we assume that there is nothing we can do about it. But there is. We need to shift our thinking from treatment to back pain cause and prevention. 

My youngest daughter, at 3-years-old, has perfect posture. Her pelvis is in a correct position, her muscles and joints flexible. Her older brothers and sisters, on the other hand, do not have perfect posture. For me, as a back pain doctor (and father of six) who regularly instills the prinicples and importance of healthy posture in my patients, this begs the question: When do these changes begin?

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Until now, few studies systematically examine what really works against repeated back pain and what doesn’t.

Gretchen Reynolds, NYTimes Well blog

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