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Chiropractors Help Prevent Running Injuries

By Debra Rodzinak

Chiropractors don’t simply “crack” backs.  They are trained and educated in the muscles of the body.  They can also be the best manual therapists for the prevention of injury and optimization of athletic performance.  There are chiropractors on the Olympic team and on almost every professional sports team.

Common Running Injuries

For those who enjoy running, chiropractic can properly align the spine and pelvis preventing injury.  Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, hip bursitis, knee problems, and IT Band Syndrome are several of the injuries runners experience.  With the right type of preventative chiropractic treatment, many of these injuries can be avoided.

Causes of Improper Alignment

When the spine becomes misaligned, unnecessary tension can be placed on one part of the body due to an unequal distribution of pressure.  An IT band problem cannot be properly treated unless the pelvis is in alignment first. 

Runners are creatures of habit.  Many runners run the exact same route daily.  This can lead to misalignment.  If a runner runs on the same side of the road, doesn’t buy proper footwear, or runs in the same direction on the same course daily, improper alignment is often the result.

Fixes for Training Errors

Just changing a few simple aspects of a run can help with alignment issues. 

  • Varying the running surface during the week such as pavement, track, grass, dirt, or asphalt can force the body to use different muscles in different ways.
  • If possible, run on the beach as close to the water as possible.  Sand is an excellent running surface and is flat near the water’s edge.
  • Investing in two good pairs of shoes and switching between them can also help with alignment issues.
  • Regular chiropractic visits to keep the spine and pelvis in proper alignment are key in preventing injury.

Chiropractic and Preventive Measures

Regular chiropractic visits allow for the evaluation and realignment of the spine and pelvis.  When these two areas are in alignment, the risk of injury is decreased.

If you are interested in preventing injury, visit The Joint for a gentle spinal adjustment.  With over 350 sites nationwide, finding a convenient location near you is simple.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, preventing injury and finding proper spinal and pelvic alignment is easy and stress-free.  Run to The Joint today and let expert chiropractors help you find proper spinal alignment so your runs can be injury-free for years to come.


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