Running and Chiropractic Care
Importance of Good Posture
Running and Chiropractic care go hand in hand. Running form is crucial to helping you run efficiently and fast. When you run with proper posture, you should be relaxed as you move as to lessen the risk of injury and pain.
If your arms are tense or if you’re slouching while you run, your shoulders, neck, and lower back can become achy, fatigued, tender, and strained.
Aside from preventing soreness and muscle aches while running, your posture also affects your propulsion off the ground and the amount of force your bones absorb when you land. In some cases, poor posture may cause you to round your shoulders and tighten the chest, preventing you from taking full, easy breaths while running.
Various factors can affect your posture and cause spinal misalignment.
- running in the same direction on the same course
- not replacing shoes as often as you should
- frequently running on uneven surfaces
- the way you relax at home, for example sitting in the same position every day
How Chiropractic Care Can Help You With Running?
Check Your Posture
When your body is misaligned, your running stride and form can become uneven, increasing your risk of pain and injury. Misalignments can lead to joint dysfunction and cause unnecessary tension in other areas of the body. When you visit us at Advanced Care Chiropractic, we can check your body for any misalignments that may be causing tension or affecting your form and ability to run as efficiently as possible.
We can use manual manipulation, massage, or other techniques to realign your body and help correct your form. Not correcting misalignments at the source, may lead to certain areas of the body experiencing continuous wear and tear and muscle strain.
Reduce Risk of Injury
When your body is out of alignment, your core may not be engaged properly causing other muscles, joints, and other soft tissues to compensate, thus leading to pain and injury.
Common injuries seen in runners from poor running posture or misalignment can include ankle sprains, hip pain, knee pain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
With regular visitors to our clinic, we can conduct functional examinations and posture evaluations to check for any misalignments that may be causing pain or leading to future injury.
Assist in Recovery
If you are suffering with pain in your feet, legs, lower back, shoulder, and neck, it may be caused by strained muscles, inflamed joints, or pinched nerves. Soft tissue massage, stretching, and the correction of any misalignments can help you recover faster, relieve pain, and help get you back on track.
We can also recommend exercises to help strengthen muscles and joints to help you regain full mobility and function.
Our #1 Tip
Whether you are a starting a new exercise regime or training for a marathon, don’t forget to stretch before and after your exercise. Be sure to include every part of your body–especially your hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors to strengthen your form. Your warm-up routine should last several minutes. Stretching after your workout is important too, to prevent muscle strain, relax muscles, and reduce the accumulation of lactic acid in your muscles.
If you are a runner experiencing pain, wanting to improve your run, or starting a new year’s resolution, be sure to visit us at Advanced Care Chiropractic, so that we can help guide you into a healthy and happy pain-free new year!
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