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Is Your Spine Slowing You Down

By Sara Butler

Many people who enjoy running compete against themselves. They want to push themselves to be better, improve their race times, and finish with their personal best. Yet many times the back or hips can throw up a roadblock for runners, hindering their performance and holding them back from reaching their fitness goals. You can always be better – and the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have a few tips that may just help!

The Double-Edged Sword of Running

Running is great exercise. In fact, staying fit helps to keep you healthy and free from aches and pains. But pounding the pavement can also put you at risk of injury. Many runners experience pain in the hips or lower back from injury to nerves, ligaments, discs, spinal joints, or inflamed muscles. The injuries can be mild or severe – a chiropractor can help you find out if your aches and pains are normal or something far more serious.

Underlying Dysfunction

While running, every step transfers two to three times the weight of the body on the feet, knees, ankles, pelvis, hips, and spine. With every strike of the ground, you may be doing a little bit of damage to your body, which is why proper running posture is so important. If there are any underlying muscle imbalances or restricted joints, then it will eventually lead to problems that can be quite painful. It may not be noticeable until the training intensifies, but if it’s under the surface, then it will eventually strike.

A Few Chiropractic Running Tips

Injury can be avoided and health maintained by following these tips:

  • Slowly build up mileage – When training, give the muscles, joints, and ligaments time to adapt to the increased workload to reduce the chance of injury.
  • Strengthen the core and hips – When these areas of the body are weak, then poor running posture becomes more pervasive. Strengthening these areas can help to add stability to the pelvis and protect the spine. Chiropractors can also help runners understand the proper exercises to help.
  • Get running shoes fitted by a pro – Stability begins with the feet, so running shoes need to address any imbalances present in the feet if an injury is to be avoided. This may require special orthotics or shoes, both of which a trained professional such as a podiatrist or trained staff at a specialty running store can help with.

Don’t let an injury get in the way of giving your best when it comes to your running goals! Make sure you’re taking the right steps to avoid injury!

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


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