Imagine hanging 20,000 feet in the air overlooking Argentina terrain, on the side of one of the seven summits. Dr. Anna Moseley did.
In fact, that’s when this Chiropractor from Vienna, VA first started using Foot Levelers orthotics. “I didn’t want to be suspended 20,000 feet with my feet hurting,” says Moseley who climbed the Aconcogua Mountain just over a year ago.
So what makes one decide to try orthotics prior to spending nine hours a day climbing the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere?
“I knew Gait Cycle System that Foot Levelers uses would work,” says Dr. Moseley. “I really suspected it would help me and it did. I was right.”
Not only did it help Dr. Moseley, but “everybody else had pain and I didn’t have any. It was the most amazing thing,” says Dr. Moseley who attributes her lack of pain to Chiropractic care and orthotics, and has been using them ever since.
The left sided knee pain she used to experience has dissipated. “I don’t have it at all anymore, especially when I’m training and working out now,” Moseley says. “So it’s a great thing.”
According to Moseley, “the whole gait system just makes sense” and it’s the single most important benefit of Foot Levelers products, which she also prescribes to her patients. Moseley likes the cast and materials Foot Levelers uses. “And I’ve gotten good results from it,” says Moseley who wears UltraStep orthotics herself. They are unique because of their comprehensive three-phase Gait Cycle System. This innovative system provides the shock absorption, corrective support and propulsive “boost” athletes need, when they need it.
:after, Dr. Moseley put her orthotics to the test again when she joined forces with David Braus, Andrew Marvil and Wendy Ingram on Team USPTGear to compete in the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest (MSOQ) in China.
“They were great,” says Moseley of her orthotics. “I loved them. I felt great the whole time and there was no pain in my legs. They really helped me out.”
Dr. Moseley was the only Chiropractor treating Mild Seven athletes, as well as a participant in what has become one of the world’s top adventure races. The best adventure race teams in the world, including teams from America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Japan, South East Asia and China, rounded out the 32 four-person teams that competed for $200,000. The four-day stage race involved trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, off-road in-line skating, mountaineering, lake paddling and team biathlon (bike/run). The MSOQ is an opportunity for the world’s best triathletes and adventure racers to compete equally, under the same circumstances.
“It was the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” says Moseley of her experience in China. Because the entire race is a sprint, athletes have high heart rates for 9-10 hours a day. To get a perspective of the race’s intensity, participating athletes competed at altitudes that ranged from 8,000-14,000 feet throughout the day.
And while the scenery that included glacier mountains, and beautiful forests and waterways was spectacular, the terrain created a foundation for difficulties. According to Moseley the mountain biking race was very technical. There were huge boulders to go through along the course. And the mud turned to clay. The USPTGear team broke two bikes after the first day. So two team members continued on bikes while the other two ran the bike portion. The amateur team (the only one in the race) was unofficial at that point, but continued the race. But there were other setbacks—Moseley and another teammate, along with two-thirds of all the teammates, became ill with the parasite, Giardia.
“Everyone was so sick,” says Moseley. “But there was no way we could quit.”
For Moseley, the opportunity to compete at such a level and work with top athletes was “just amazing,” she says. “I adjusted the best athletes in the world.” Moseley adjusted her own teammates—who were also fitted for orthotics and used Foot Levelers’ posturepedic pillows—before and during the race.
“For me, the pillows are really important,” Moseley says. “They hold my adjustments longer and my teammates loved them too.”
She kept busy adjusting other teams before and after the race. If someone fell off a bike, Moseley would adjust their shoulder joints. Muscles that were pulled out of place were put back into position after receiving Chiropractic care, and the athletes could keep going.
“A lot of teams pulled out,” says Moseley. “But we kept going. It was pure perseverance,” which is quite a feat for a team whose largest difficulty facing the race was “purely endurance.” Moseley and her teammates were balancing working full-time with practice, which ran two hours a day during the week and two days of five to 12 hour-days on weekends. For professional athletes, practice and preparation for the race is their job and it’s the only thing on which they have to concentrate. And for Moseley and her teammates, the entire balancing act was complicated that much more by the affects their schedule and heavy workouts had on their weight and sleep. Because their bodies were working at a much higher level practicing for the race, keeping up their nutrition was an important challenge.
While treating the world’s top athletes was exhilarating, Moseley also enjoyed the camaraderie of competing on a team. “And it was a nice feeling being American and representing our country,” says Moseley. She also recalls the tremendous support the Chinese provided. “We had a special charter plane and as we stepped off, there were about 5,000 of the Chinese, in their best dress, there to welcome us. And they were throughout the course in their best outfits cheering us on,” says Moseley.
When Moseley first started training to compete with top-notch athletes and specialize in their Chiropractic care a little over a year ago, she was working on her Certification for Sports Physicians.
“I’m interested in working with teams,” says Moseley. “I really believe to become a Chiropractor/specialist in sports, you need to be one of them. That’s my aim—to work with teams around the world.”
Moseley had the opportunity to do that again when she takes part in the Raid Guilleose race in Vietnam in May—a race so intense participants sleep in the wilderness during the seven days they’re competing. Moseley was also invited to participate in the Eco-Challenge.
She suggests that Chiropractors who are interested in doing something similar to what she’s done should start slow and get involved with teams around their areas. Then take some sports seminars, conditioning seminars and work from there. And if simply becoming more athletic on a personal level is a goal, Moseley offers some of the same advice—start slow and move up progressively; knowing how much to do, and when, is a science.
But most importantly, Dr. Moseley says, “enjoy whatever you’re doing. For me, this is the best job in the whole world. Working with athletes is top of the top. They’re excited and enthusiastic about Chiropractic. And I’m helping them be stronger, better, and perform better. Chiropractic is what every athlete needs, no doubt. Every athlete needs a Chiropractor. Everybody needs a Chiropractor, especially athletes, but everybody needs them. Whether you have left views or right views Chiropractic is for everybody.”