LECTURE ABSTRACT: RUN SAFELY FOR LIFE! BAREFOOT or SHOD New more effective approaches of evaluating and restoring the human spring mechanism, IVO Congress, Sydney, Australia, 2011

Lecture Abstract
Title: RUN SAFELY FOR LIFE! BAREFOOT or SHOD – New more effective approaches of evaluating and restoring the human spring mechanism
Presented by Dr. James Stoxen DC
To be presented for review and consideration to lecture at the IVO Congress March 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2012, Sydney, Australia


I chose the subject of barefoot running and the human spring model of biomechanics because running barefoot demands near perfect impact resistance and biomechanics. With the
recent release of the Harvard Barefoot vs Shod study published in Nature Magazine in 2010 millions wondered if running shoes are healthy for us. Is any binding or motion-altering device healthy for us? Since the release of this research study, physicians have had to ex
plain why running barefoot is a safe and effective way to run for many people, but not for others.
The current standard of care, relying heavily on regional examination and treatment, doesn’t allow doctors to make an accurate determination about the safety of barefoot running for their patients.
Using the human spring model and the laws of physics and engineering to quantify mathematically if this spring mechanism is capable of protecting the body from these impacts, is the optimum model for study. I will present new innovative examination approaches to examine  the body’s spring impact resistance mechanisms to allow physicians to better determine if athletes are capable of barefoot running safely.
In my presentation I will demonstrate and discuss:

  • The primary causes of weakness in the spring suspension system that lead to reduced impact resistance.
  • Innovative new orthopedic tests to evaluate the spring suspension system’s capacity to resist 1 – 2x,  3 – 4x, and more than 5x the body’s weight in forces of impact on the unsupported or bare foot.
  • The three steps to restoring the human spring mechanism to allow for safer impacts with greater forces on the body

Not only has the restoration of the health of their spring systems allowed my patients to transition from chronic pain to a pain free life by restoring the human spring impact resistance mechanism.
The goal of my treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention approach is for patients to aspire for rehab, and the eventual training approach of safe performance barefoot running. In fact, at age 48, last year I ran 300 miles barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without a single complication.
After delegates learn these innovative examination techniques to test the integrity of the human spring impact resistance mechanism, they should provide the tools needed to determine if it is safe for their patients to stand, walk, jog, run shod or barefoot, without resultant stress, strain, wear and tear, inflammation or pain.
Make no mistake, we should all be giving our patients the opportunity to be carefully and correctly assessed and treated with a view allowing them to run – for life.

Dr James Stoxen DC., FSSEMM (hon) He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago. Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Bestselling Author of the book, The Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He has lectured at more than 20 medical conferences on his Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and asked to publish his research on this approach to treating thoracic outlet syndrome in over 30 peer review medical journals. He has been asked to submit his other research on the human spring approach to treatment, training and prevention in over 225 peer review medical journals. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Science and Research, Executive Editor or the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care, Chief Editor, Advances in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Journal and editorial board for over 40 peer review medical journals. He is a much sought-after speaker both to the general public and at CME credentialed medical conferences. He has given over 1000 live presentations and lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He has been invited to speak at over 400 medical conferences in over 50 international cities in 30 countries. He has been invited as the keynote speaker at over 60 medical conferences. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr Stoxen has a big reputation in the entertainment industry working as a doctor for over 150 tours of elite entertainers, caring for over 1000 top celebrity entertainers and their handlers. Anthony Field or the popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, wrote a book, How I Got My Wiggle Back detailing his struggles with chronic pain and clinical depression he struggled with for years. Dr Stoxen is proud to be able to assist him. Physicians Medical Technologies does business as Team Doctors®, a medical device company that provides high end vibration massage tools. In 2012, the Massage Assist Pro was cleared by the FDA. Today the Massage Assist® is sold in 13 countries. In late 2019, Team Doctors launched the Vibeassage® which was cleared by the FDA in 2019 and has sold thousands of units around the world. Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at teamdoctors@aol.com

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