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Keep Pounding the Pavement: Chiropractic Care for Runner's Knee

Running is a great exercise that many people enjoy. It works every muscle in the body, increases stamina, and burns a lot of calories. Many people that pick up this practice enjoy improved health as a result. A downside of this practice is pain in the knee, also known as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a condition that keeps many runners from enjoying their passion. Take a look at these causes of runner’s knee, and then the best solution to keep you from giving up your favorite exercise.

Excessive Use

We use the knees all the time. Walking, jogging, everything that we do requires the use of our knees. When it comes to running, the knees really get a lot of work. They are constantly rotating, lifting, pushing you forward. This excessive use can cause wear and tear as time goes by. Anything that gets a bit too much wear and tear eventually breaks down, and you may experience pain and discomfort as a result.

Tight or Weak Muscles

When the muscles, especially in the legs or lower back, are weak or tight, it can result in a pulling sensation that may manifest in the knees. If you want to strengthen the muscles, lift weights that target your problem areas. For muscle tightness, make sure to stretch properly to get as much tension out as possible before beginning your run.

Improperly Aligned Body

Our bodies are constantly changing and evolving. Sometimes, as we go about our daily lives, parts of the body can become misaligned. This is especially true in the spine. This misalignment can cause other parts of the body to follow suit, causing more pain and tension. When such a huge part of the body as the spine is not healthy, it becomes much more difficult for other parts of the body to stay healthy. Getting the spine in shape can mean getting the rest of the body in shape as well.

A Simple Treatment Plan

A great way to take care of your body and health in general and potentially reduce runner’s knee is to get regular chiropractic care. A chiropractor may be able to align your spine properly, which then encourages the rest of the body to properly align itself as well. This can reduce pain, improve muscle tone and strength, and promote a healthier body in general. Runner’s knee may not start in the spine, but by taking care of the spine, you are taking care of the body and its long term health.

If you want to keep running, get to The Joint to get quality chiropractic care. You don’t have to worry about insurance or scheduling. A walk in appointment policy and affordable pricing plan make getting care easier than ever. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and help you stay active long into the future.

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