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Caring for Yourself After a Marathon

By Virginia Laird

You have trained, registered, and are ready for your marathon. Now what? For those who have competed in a marathon, let me pause and give props to you. You are a rock star! The thought of marathon training makes my body ache all over. How rewarding it must feel to have completed such a daunting task. For those preparing for a marathon there is much to be learned. The process of accomplishing this goal is not just about the running, one must know how to deal with the recovery. There are a few things recommended by chiropractors that you could plan for to help ease the recovery process.

Loose Fitting Clothing

Once you cross the finish line and have celebrated with your loved ones, it is time to find ways to relax. Chiropractors recommend loose-fitting clothing that will allow the body to move without any restrictions.  

Visit a Chiropractor

Exercise can be a great thing for the body, but carefully consider the grueling pain and workout you just completed. Although it is mentally rewarding to complete a marathon, it can be hard on the body. It is important to take care of the spine after a long race. Running for long periods of time can take a toll on the back. Research suggests that a chiropractic visit after a marathon (or long run) can help the body combat soreness as well as prevent function restriction.

Adjust Mentally

Let’s face it, just over 26 miles is a lot of running. To make it through such a long run, one must be mentally prepared. At some point, you may reach your workout high. But as great as it may feel to complete the marathon, like all other highs, you will come down after you are finished. Taking good care of your mental state can help you recover from your marathon quickly. Releasing stress from the body can help you to keep your mind focused. Chiropractic visits after your marathon can help release the stress the body has just undergone. This can allow for your head to clear.

If you are training for a marathon, don’t hesitate to put chiropractic care to the test. Visit The Joint Chiropractic in your community to get started. With more than 370 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one near you.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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