Is treadmill running easier on your body than real running?

“I’m going to start on the treadmill before real running after my injury.” The common assumption is that treadmill running is a good early option to rehab back to real running but is it easier on you and does it relate to real running?

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Online Physiotherapy

Put simply this is Physio done via either telephone or video over the internet. Skype and facetime are examples of this.

Contrary to popular belief online physiotherapy can be very effective and it can help the same injuries that face to face physio can help. I have helped many people with injuries such as disc prolapses, tennis elbow, neck pain and much more).