Greg-BlogDr. Greg Lehman is The Body Mechanic – a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Spine and Exercise Biomechanics Expert based in Ontario, Canada.

He has been in the rehabilitation field for more than 15 years and is the recipient of many awards including the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Gold Medal for highest academic performance in Kinesiology and the Researcher of the Year award by the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

He studied under the direction of Dr. Stu McGill, a world leader in Spine Biomechanics, exercise prescription and athletic performance.

Dr. Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and a look into what’s he is seeing in his office that all of us can learn from so we can stay on the roads and trails rather than in PT or rehab.

In this episode, Dr. Greg and I chat about:

Current Trends

  • What is happening on the roads today through the patients he treats
  • Injury trends he is seeing

Injuries and Prevention

  • When to self-treat injuries vs. consult a physician
  • How your brain sends false signals of injury and how to reduce these signals
  • How damage does not equal pain
  • What threshold of pain is generally ok to continue running through
  • Why simply taking extended periods of time away from running is not sufficient in treating injury
  • What to do if you start to feel pain during your runs
  • How what you are doing outside of running might be causing your injuries rather than running itself
  • His contrarian thoughts to the role everyday posture plays in your running
  • How mechanics play into helping a runner overcome their ailments

Strength Training

  • What the foundation of a good strength training program includes
  • The concept of the 3 big rocks in approaching strength exercises
  • How to select strength exercises that are right for you
  • Why heavy lifting does not equal getting big
  • Why focusing on your core may not be as important as other areas of your body
  • His thoughts on why training your arms may not give much direct running benefit

Manual Therapies

  • His thoughts on the role of chiropractic or osteopathic manual adjustments in injury treatment
  • What manual therapy can accomplish and what it cannot accomplish
  • What you should look for when considering this type of treatment

Misconceptions

  • The biggest injury rumors he hears debunked
  • What he reads in the big running magazines that makes him cringe

He also shares his #1 injury prevention tip, and it has nothing to do with exercises, equipment, medications or treatment.

Quick Tip

Hate waiting for your Garmin to acquire a GPS signal everytime you head out running? I share a time saving tip so you can start running faster once you are out the door.

Links Mentioned in the Show

thebodymecahnic.ca – Greg’s Website
@greglehman – Follow Greg on Twitter
Episode 32 with Alex Hutchinson – Link to Alex Hutchinson’s appearance on Runner Academy Podcast
Sports Gene by David Epstein

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