Stronger, faster, healthier: Chiropractic help for runners

Running takes its toll on the body.
Whether you’re a pro or a recreational runner; whether you’re training for a 5K, a 10K, a marathon, or just put in a few miles on the treadmill during the week, your body absorbs a pretty good pounding. And you’ll feel the constant impact up and down your body – day and night, running and resting.
But you can address those pains and aches with regular chiropractic care, and not only will you feel better, it has been shown to help runners in other ways, such as:
– Improved coordination;
– Better reaction times;
– Increased balance;
– Heightened focus;
– Strengthening muscles.
Most runners who regularly visit a chiropractor will testify to the benefits, but for a really strong advocate consider 2014 Boston Marathon champ and Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi. In an article by Dynamic Chiropractic, Keflezighi discusses how important his Doctor of Chiropractic is to his recovery and therapy.

How it works

Whether you’re concerned with preventing injuries, optimal performance or quick recovery, the key is proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Runners constantly experience general problems such as pain in your feet, shoulders and lower back and pinched nerves. More specifically, some of the regular injuries consist of hip bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, knee patella problems and plantar fasciitis.
Whether runners know it or not, many of these issues begin from misalignment. A misaligned spine puts undue tension on one part of the body while proper alignment distributes stress and pressure evenly.
Often, before your chiropractor can deal with any specific injuries, he will first make sure you’re spine and pelvis are aligned correctly to avoid future strains and injuries. Then, your DC can focus on a specific area for treatment.
Also, alignments allow runners their full range of motion, helping them perform at a better level.

Tips to stay aligned

Obviously, seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis is the best way to keep your body running at full speed. But there are some things you can do on a regular basis to maintain correct alignment.
Always warm up and stretch. Along with traditional stretches, arm swings, neck and waist rotations and lunges are great warm-ups.
Train your core. Add some core exercises to your daily routine. Your abdominals are your stabilizing muscles and therefore crucial to endurance and feeling good.
Avoid training errors. Make sure shoes are replaced on a regular basis and try to switch between shoes every so often. Vary your running surfaces and avoid slanted surfaces when possible.
Mind your daily routine. You can get your alignment off-kilter when not running also. Maybe it’s your sleeping position – sleeping on your back is the best – or your chair at work. If you don’t have an ergonomic chair, try to vary your posture every 30 minutes and stand up and stretch each hour or two. Be mindful throughout the day of tendencies that may be causing your form to slip.

Keeping these tips top of mind during your training will do wonders for how you feel and perform in all of your upcoming races. The key is to regularly visit your DC, stay aligned and get great advice for how to stay that way throughout your regimen.

At Allison Family Chiropractic, we have an excellent track record of helping athletes of all ages and skill levels with injury prevention, treatment and overall success. Contact us today at 419-991-0713 to schedule an appointment or to get your questions answered.