According to research, 82 percent of runners will experience some form of injury throughout their running career. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete training for a marathon or simply starting out on training for your first 5km event. Although running can be extremely beneficial; running can lead to injury. Some of the most common running injuries include:
• Plantar fasciitis
• Shin splints
• Runner’s knee
• Stress fractures
• ITB pain
• Achilles tendonitis
How Does Chiropractic Treat Running Injuries and Help Runners?
When you visit a Chiropractor for your running injury (or you may be at the clinic to see how you can prevent running injuries), the Chiropractor will ask you about your medical history and ask specific questions regarding your running routine. Questions may include what type of surface you run on and what type of shoes you wear. They essentially want to get an idea of your workout routine. This way, the Chiropractor will better understand your condition and what your expectations are. There will also be a physical exam to identify the problem and develop a strategy for the correct treatment.
No runner is alike. Not in the way you train or in the way pain affects you personally. The Chiropractor knows this and will tailor the treatment to meet your specific needs and goals to get you back to the sport you love. Runners may have different injuries, therefore the techniques used may vary. Techniques and treatments used may include some of the following depending on your specific injury:
• Adjustments to the joints of the lower limb.
• Spinal adjustments, more so of the lumbar spine & pelvis.
• Massage & trigger point therapy.
• Dry needling.
• Ice or heat application & advice.
• Footwear modification.
• Arch supports.
• Stretching & exercise rehabilitation
Towards Wellness: “Is Stress Getting in the Way of Achieving Your Health Goals?
Modern living and stress seem to go hand in hand, and it may be no surprise to you that the effects of stress can have a significant impact on mental wellbeing. Nevertheless, you may not know that the effects of stress can impact other body systems potentially hindering the achievement of health goals such as losing weight or improving digestive function, so it is important to understand what the stress response is and how it could affect you.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H of the Month: Back of Thigh Stretch
Place one foot up on a low surface about knee high with your hands on the thigh. Keep the knee of this leg straight with the toes pointing forward. Bend forward from the hips—not the waist. Keep your lower back flat by bringing your chest towards your knee rather than your head. You should feel this stretch along the back of the front leg above the knee.