Physical Therapists Using Clinical Analysis To Discuss The Art And Science Behind Running and The Stuff We Put On Our Feet

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In this week's podcast, we were extremely excited to have on guest reviewer Andrea Myers! Andrea brings a wealth of experience to the team, treating both runners and cyclists in her 15 years of work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy along with her own experiences professionally cycling for many years before transitioning to running!

For the topic of the episode, we discussed the differences between maximalist and minimalist shoes along with recommendations for a wide variety of age ranges from minors to elderly.

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Learn About Andrea!

Clip of conversation with Andrea about her background!

Max vs. Min Discussion!

Andrea Myers PT, DPT, OCS
Physical therapist at Carlson ProCare in Bethel, CT
Founder of BiciVita LLC, providing bike fitting and coaching services

Dr. Andrea Myers is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist who sees patients in Bethel, CT at Carlson ProCare. She also provides bike fitting services at Class Cycles in Southbury, CT. Andrea completed her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2006 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Andrea has a strong background in treating patients with a variety of orthopedic diagnoses, including sports injuries, back and neck pain, and patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery. She has extensive training in manual therapy, including myofascial release, Integrative Manual Therapy, craniosacral therapy, and Kinesiotaping. She is also certified in vestibular rehabilitation for the treatment of vertigo and balance disorders. She is well known for her knowledge and experience in treating runners, cyclists, and multi-sport athletes of all levels.

Andrea started running with her parents at the age of 4 and competed in both track and cross country from a young age through high school.. She ran a disastrous Chicago Marathon in 2003, learning important lessons about fueling in the process. Not long after Chicago, Andrea was forced to stop running due to persistent patellofemoral pain. She turned to spin class for a physical outlet, where she met a cycling coach who encouraged her to take up road cycling. Her running fitness helped her take to the bike quickly, and she went from a novice to a professional racer in the span of 2 years. She has multiple top-ten placings in international level (UCI) competitions, and has numerous championship titles at the state and regional level. The time off from running in addition to comprehensive physical therapy treatment allowed her to gradually re-introduce running in the off season. She has shifted focus from cycling back to running over the past few years, and is now primarily focusing on running to see what is possible.

Andrea lives in Danbury, CT with her husband, Drew, and their dachshund, Peanut.


Check Out Gear We Are Into Right Now!

Mizuno Wave Rider 25: New full length Enerzy is a simple joy. Soft, flexible forefoot is unique
Hoka Arahi 5: One of the best stability shoes of the year, and the best walking shoe as well. Versatile.

Feetures Socks: Massively grippy socks that will make you feel more one with the shoe
Spring Energy Gel: Smooth and goes down easy. Great flavors
Trigger Point Foam Roller: Help get those knots out post-run and feel better for tomorrow
Coros Pace 2 Watch: Excellent watch for various running goals and a massive battery life
Theragun Massager: This small version is great on the go for working tired legs


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