Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, and offers many benefits. It can be done anywhere, it tones the lower body and it burns a heap of energy. Pounding the pavement over time, however, can result in injuries to the knees, ankles, and hips.
Whether you run a few kilometres a week to keep the extra kilos off, or compete in several marathons a year, there is unfortunately a good chance you will get hurt at some point.
The first step to recovery if you injure yourself running is to give your body time to heal. A visit to the doctor, ice packs, and over the counter pain medication are all ways to treat an injury. However, another way runners can treat their injuries is by visiting a chiropractor.
If you are dealing with a running injury, a chiropractor is likely to be able to help you get back on your feet. Here are four important things to know about chiropractors and how runners can benefit from chiropractic care:
Chiropractors work on more than necks and backs
It’s a common misconception that a chiropractor’s sole purpose is to adjust their patients’ necks and backs. The entire musculoskeletal system can benefit from chiropractic care.
For example, chiropractors are often able to work with an injured knee and bring about a positive outcome. Strains, sprains, and other trauma to your body’s joints can be treated by a chiropractor. Soft tissue around the joints benefit from chiropractic treatment, which can greatly ease an injury to the ankle, knee, or hip.
Chiropractic promotes quicker healing of the injured area
From increasing blood flow to the injured area, to breaking up adhesions with manual mobilisations, chiropractic treatment helps in the healing of injuries.
Chiropractors assist in pain management
Running injuries can often cause great pain that lasts for weeks. Visiting a chiropractor can help reduce the severity of the pain and shorten the amount of time you experience pain. Chiropractic care helps manage the discomfort and soreness associated with the injury, allowing the patient to rely less on drugs.
Chiropractic reduces the risk of getting re-injured
A common reason runners end up hurt is their bodies had an underlying injury or imbalance in the first place. Since chiropractors take the health of the body as a whole into consideration, they often work with runners to minimise the chance of re-injuring themselves or suffering a different injury. By making certain an individual’s body is in alignment and functioning properly, a chiropractor can help the runner feel comfortable moving back into the routine of running.
Running is a great form of exercise and stress relief, and many people run for years without incident. However, it’s vital to take steps up front to minimise the chances of getting injured, including using proper running technique, choosing appropriate shoes, stretching, and avoiding overexertion.
If, however, you feel a twist or a pop as you are out for your morning run or finishing your half marathon, know there are chiropractic treatment options available to you that will assist in your recovery and reduce the risk of re-injury. Just pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re here to help!
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