Boston is a Running Town
From the desk of Dr. Drew Deppen...
I’m a new transplant here in Boston. And I’m fortunate enough to work right off the Charles River, where I often find myself running these days. It happens to be where a lot of people run as well. I know that Bostonians are probably getting annoyed at my constant comparisons to Chicago (I’m working on stopping it by the way) but here I go again.
My entire 3 years living off the Chicago Lake Shore path, I would say I was passed less than 6 times. I’m not saying that to be arrogant, I’m aware that there are more than 6 runners in Chicago that are more talented than I am. But here in Boston, on my first day running I was passed twice. So far there have been less runs that I don’t get passed than those where I do get passed. And it’s not only males that are passing me by the way!
I’m not one of these guys who needs to be running past everyone. But at the same time I’m competitive, and if I see someone passing me who probably shouldn’t be, my ego can kick in. But here, there really are A LOT of really great runners. So I willingly let them go by – which really should be how we handle a pass, especially when working a program. I do take notice though, and I’ve noticed overall better quality, faster speeds, and on the whole better form.
There are great venues of a wide variety – from paved bike paths, to trails, to heartbreak hill, waterfronts, and forested areas. The summertime brings all the sailboats to the river, and the kite boards to the bay. It really makes a wonderfully scenic and calming backdrop against a the green fauna of the city.
So, even though Boston has more pride for the Red Sox than anything else, this town is enthralled with running.
This town is a running town.
Drew Deppen, D.C. Licensed Chiropractor
As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice. He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols. He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials. Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Track and Field Certified Coach. Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain. Dr. Deppen's combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.
Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school. From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty. While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.
Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude. Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world. While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons. Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.
As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago. He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.
During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running. Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon. Some of Dr. Deppen's most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.
Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center. He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness. He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.
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