Haute and Running
Each month, we are excited to feature information from local physical therapists. This month’s feature was published by our own Hautie, Dr. Reanna Frigge, DPT.
As the sunshine returns and the snow melts, we start to think of running outdoors again. As you planning your training for your next 5k, 10 mile or marathon? Did you know that Haute Barre can provide great benefits towards the running lifestyle?
Cross Training—Allows the body a different challenge of strengthening than what is brought on with running mile after mile. Throughout the body, there are 3 types of muscle fibers, Type I, Type IIa, and Type IIb; Type I muscle fibers are considered slow twitch fibers meaning they are the endurance workhorses; Type IIa and IIb are fast twitch, quick to fire but quick to fatigue fibers. Runners, especially distance runners, work the Type I muscle fibers most often. With Barre, all 3 muscles fibers are worked, allowing an overall improvement in all parts of muscles and improving the tolerance of performing the repetitive motion of running.
Injury Prevention—Two injuries that are found within the running population are Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) and Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome. PFPS is diagnosed in females more often than males and is related to poor tracking of the patella (knee cap) along the knee joint mostly due to the hip/knee angle. IT Band Syndrome is related to the pain felt on the outside of the knee. The IT band is a long tendon that originates from the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) muscle that sits on the outside of the hip. The tendon runs along the outside of the thigh bone and attaches just distally to the knee joint. With both of these pain syndromes, one huge culprit is weak abductors of the hip. The abductors are the muscles that fire to move the leg out to the side of the body; they include: Gluteus medius, Gluteus minimus, Sartorius, TFL, and Piriformis. Strengthening the abductors assists with better alignment and support of the hip/knee joints during movement and thus, can help stave off potential onset of pain in these joints.
Recovery—The stretching throughout class helps to lengthen out the muscles that have been working so hard to get you across the finish line. The class also always time to refocus mental energy on preparing for the next race
Haute Barre Moves in the Spotlight:
Reverse Chair with Blue/Green Bands
Standing side leg lifts
The information provided in this article is meant to share general information regarding potential health benefits of Barre. This information is not meant to diagnose nor treat any particular injury. Haute Barre participants are encouraged to seek medical intervention from their primary physician or fabulous physical therapist before beginning this or any exercise program.