Running and Chiropractic Make a Great Team
By Debra Rodzinak
A common misconception that many chiropractors hear is that they only adjust spines. However, a skilled chiropractor also helps to prevent injury and increase an athlete’s overall performance. In fact, every Olympic team has a chiropractor on duty for the athletes.
Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Visits
Runners benefit from regular chiropractic visits because a properly aligned spine and pelvis is key in preventing running injuries. Ask any runner and they will tell you that one of the most painful injuries is plantar fasciitis -- pain in the bottom of the foot. The Achilles tendon, IT Band that runs down the side of the leg, the knee, and the hips are other areas that can cause problems in runners. The good news is that a chiropractor can help runners not only with these problems, but prevent them from occurring in the first place.
When the spine becomes misaligned, it can cause a domino effect for the bottom half of the body, beginning with the pelvis and hips and ending at the bottom of the feet. There is no need to treat an IT band issue unless the underlying problem of a tilted pelvis is addressed first with chiropractic. Plantar fasciitis can be temporarily relieved with a painful steroid injection, but the pain will eventually come back if the spine is not aligned.
Causes of Improper Alignment
Some common mistakes that runners make that can cause alignment issues include:
- Running on the same course and in the same direction every day
- Running on slanted surfaces such as a roadway
- Running on old, worn-out shoes
Other times, running is not the cause of alignment issues. A runner’s day job can cause havoc with their muscles due to improper ergonomics in the workplace. Try switching positions every 30 minutes, vary posture as often as possible, or even sit on a stability ball.
Properly Aligning the Spine
A runner can benefit from a properly aligned spine. The Joint Chiropractic gives runners a leg up on the competition with regular chiropractic adjustments. The gentle pressure applied to the joints of the spine help to keep the spine in proper alignment. When the spine is properly aligned, the rest of the body can work as intended, often preventing common runner issues before they develop. Run in to The Joint Chiropractic today for a gentle spinal adjustment that will have you back pounding the pavement in no time.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor in The Woodlands at The Joint Chiropractic.