Running is an excellent way to stay in shape and maintain your cardiovascular health, all while getting out of your home and enjoying the outdoors. However, running poses a specific set of injury risks.
When you think about what the act of running actually entails, it becomes apparent that chiropractic would go hand in hand with running. It involves repetitive impacts to the musculoskeletal system, often on unforgiving surfaces. It also requires several areas of the body to work simultaneously, so when any one area is not functioning properly, the entire system can be thrown off. That can result in injury or damage to your body.
Preventing Injury for Runners
So you can see why proper alignment of your spine and pelvis is essential to runners! By keeping these critical areas of your body aligned, runners can perform better and prevent injury.
While you may think that chiropractors only treat people’s backs, we actually treat the whole body! For runners, this means we can help with feet, ankles, knees, hips, and other areas that are often associated with running injuries.
Chiropractic can also help the soft tissue areas essential to runners. This includes sprains, strains, and joint trauma. These soft tissues (like tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage) can be strengthened by properly aligning the body, allowing it to heal itself.
If you have any questions about how chiropractic can benefit you as a runner, reach out to us today! We would be happy to speak with you and develop an individualized plan to treat whatever issues you may be experiencing.