You are not alone if you think that the word chiropractic means realigning of the bones and joints by making some noisy cracking sounds. However, chiropractic care has a lot of uses in every aspect of life that ranges from subluxation to back pain, car accidents to sports injuries, migraine and headaches to supporting the spine in pregnancy, and herniated discs to sciatica. From a running point of view, it is proved to be a natural, safe and effective care system compared to medicines with multiple side effects and expensive surgical repairs.
Why Runners Need A Chiropractor
Running is an attractive and practical exercise for a majority of people because it provides immediate results such as the strengthening of the muscles, enhanced stamina, improved metabolism, and weight loss, to name a few. The rhythmic motion of the legs helps burn an enormous amount of calories, engages the respiratory and cardiovascular system, stimulates the nervous system to control movements and keeps the overall body toned.
However, it can also result in certain injuries such as spinal and pelvic misalignments, displacement of the joints, and muscular sprains that can interfere between the brain and nerve supply of the lower limbs. The poor coordination can disrupt the proper functioning and balance of the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles involved in running. This can further lead to knee pain, foot/ankle pain, shin splints, tendon inflammatory issues and chronic back pain.
Compared to the most traditional methods, chiropractic care has been shown to be a safe and highly effective treatment option in reducing pain and getting runners back up on their feet. It can help runners in three main ways; less wear and tear, injury prevention and injury recovery and improving function.
Reduce Wear and Tear
Runners are prone to deal with injuries due to constant wear and tear of the bones and joints, some of which take weeks to heal. I would first advise you some common remedies to get immediate relief, such as changing of the shoe pair, running on a smooth surface and alternating the route of running. I will work closely on the restoring mechanics of the pelvis and legs to reduce wearing and tearing of joints and maximize performance.
Injury Prevention and Recovery
As a first step, you should stop running and give your injured body parts enough time to heal properly. Natural healing is, however, a slow process and most runners also face a loss of stamina after a long break.
Chiropractic can help prevent injuries and promote speedy healing by using adjustments and utilizing therapies like Graston and Active Release Technique (ART). Certain strength training exercises advised by chiropractors also help to strengthen the muscles so that you will bounce back and recover more quickly.
Improve Runner's Functionality
Misalignment of the body parts such as uneven hips or spine increases the risk for pain and injury. Furthermore, the pain and injuries secondary to a misaligned body parts can also significantly reduce the functionality of runners.
CHiropractic can help you even out your stride to reduce the chances of injury and enhance performance. It will also help you acquire a prime running condition to resist injuries and improve overall functionality.
Other problems that a chiropractic can help runners include treating sprains, strains, and trauma to joints. Regular chiropractic treatment can also improve the synapses between your legs and brain, strengthen soft tissue, strengthen the joints, and help manage chronic pain in knees, ankles, and hips.