Chiropractic for Running Injuries
Chiropractic care is commonly used for runners, casual joggers and world-class athletes alike, for not only helping to heal exercise-induced injury but also preventing injuries before they occur by giving special attention to the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Runners are notorious for sustaining injuries on a regular basis, often repeats of the same injury, from slight to severe, and they can sometimes go through extensive therapy to repair their bodies during a period of recovery. It is rare for serious runners to go one year without being affected by some kind of running-induced pain.
When the spine and pelvis are misaligned, the stress that results can often be concentrated in a single body part away from the spine, such as the Achilles tendon or the knee, instead of dispersing evenly throughout the body. This is sometimes the cause of repeats of the same injury. Chiropractic therapy can potentially minimize or eliminate the possibility of sustaining repetitive injuries by properly bringing into line the body’s core and reducing the stress and tension.
Things that can exacerbate running-induced injuries and foster misalignment of the pelvis and spine include sitting for long periods of time in the same position and running on slanted surfaces. Sitting in an office for many hours a day without altering posture frequently causes too much tension in one set of muscles and results in misalignment, so varying one’s sitting position or taking frequent walk breaks can help to prevent injuries before running. Running on a road that is slanted to one side will cause one hip to drop lower than the other while running for an extended period of time and can result in misalignment of the hips and back, which then spreads to the rest of the body.
Other ways of preventing injury and minimizing misalignment and muscle tension include stretching properly and warming up before heading out on a run. Warming up should include rotating motions of the hip sockets, shoulder sockets and core, which gets joint fluids moving and warms the muscles. Stretching after a run or intense workout can decrease tension in muscles and ligaments.