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Why Running Isn’t Bad For Your Knees, How To Exercise Without Pain & Move Faster (Without Even Trying!) with Helen Hall

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  March 13, 2024

Today I’m thrilled to welcome my dear friend, Helen Hall back to the podcast. Helen is a movement therapist, a running coach, a pain expert and one of the best coaches in any modality that I have ever come across. She has had a lifelong passion for analysing posture and movement, and her clients include elite athletes, whether they be runners, cyclists or premier league footballers, but also everyday folk who simply want to walk or run pain-free.

She combines objective clarity from the most advanced motion analysis technology in the world, with 46 years of visual experience and study in the field, to seek out the root causes of chronic pain and injury, that often seem resistant to standard treatment protocols. 

In order to help more people than those able to visit her in person, she first shared her movement philosophy in her wonderful book ‘Even With Your Shoes On’. Since then, she has gone on to create a series of online videos to help more people move pain-free.  Helen has also launched an online course called ‘PFM Pilot’ which is getting fantastic reviews – it is aimed at both busy professionals working in the field of movement, pain and injury, who can now have access to Helen’s incredible wisdom but also amateurs who are keen to learn more and help themselves.

Helen first came on my podcast on Episode 216 back in November 2021 and many of you got in touch to say how helpful the tools shared in that episode were. 

In this conversation, we continue where we left off:

  • We talk again about the vital importance of our head position – and how to become aware of how you’re holding your own head, if you’re struggling to know.
  • We bust the myth that running is bad for your knees.
  • We discuss walk-run strategies and how they can help all of us reduce injury, recover more quickly and run faster.
  • We discuss why ‘foot wiping’ – a very simple practice that I do on most days – could help you move with more ease.
  • We talk about the importance of spending time barefoot.
  • We discuss minimalist shoes and why we are both big fans.

Since I began working with Helen she’s become a cherished friend, whose wisdom and insights cover much more than walking and running. Her message for this brilliant episode is straightforward and optimistic: think about your head, think about your feet – and don’t assume that you can no longer move without pain. She is an inspiring lady, this is an inspiring conversation, I hope you enjoy listening.

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Helen’s online course:

Movement Efficiency The PLM Way: PFM Pilot Complete Course

Helen’s book:

Even With Your Shoes On

Related Feel Better Live More Episodes:

#216 The Secret To Pain-Free Running (and Walking!) with Helen Hall

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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP