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Run Without Pain

By Rachel Carver

Running is a great way to stay in shape. Incorporate short distances into an overall workout plan or train for a marathon. However, without proper preparation and form, running can be very hard on the body and cause regular pain.

Check out these tips to minimize pain and maximize your running potential.

See a Chiropractor

Just like too much sitting, physical activity can be hard on the body. Chiropractors manually adjust joints to relieve pain and restore range of motion. Mostly done on the spine, these adjustments bring joints back into alignment. This helps runners who might have one hip slightly higher than the other. Misaligned hips affect your running form, which can lead to pain. Consult with your chiropractor on how often you should receive an adjustment.

Take Short Strides

Long strides can lead to hard heel strike gates. Hard heel strikes put more pressure on the knees and hips. Over extending your legs pushes the impact through your tibia and into the joints. This stride does not give you extra cushion from the spring of plantar fascia tissue found on the bottom of your feet. Landing on the middle part of your foot with short strides allows mid-foot joints, the ligaments holding them together, and small muscles around the bones to balance the shock of the impact.

Keep Tabs on Your Shoes

Running shoes wear out much faster than you might think. Factors such as impact, weather changes, and overheating deteriorate the mid-sole of your shoe. The landing of each foot exaggerates leg curvature, increasing pressure on the inner or outer knee joint. This affects the outer sole of your shoe. The fit of your shoe matters, and they might feel worn out before they look that way. Pay attention to this because poor footwear can increase your pain.

Stay Flexible

Stiff joints cause pain. Repetitive running affects your joints just like too much sitting affects your entire body. Add some water workouts and yoga to your regimen to improve flexibility. Enlist a partner to help with stretches after a run.

Develop Your Muscles

Pressure on joints while running decreases with strong muscles. Successful sprinters and distance runners develop their muscles with strength training. Toned muscles also help with proper running form, which will keep pain at bay.

Whether you want to train for a marathon or start an exercise routine, head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint team will set a plan with you to keep out of pain and accomplish your fitness goals.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hayward, Calif.

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