While Chiropractic’s has seen its fair share of controversy, no one can deny that it has helped millions of individuals gain relief from pain, as well as help restore alignment and even help with certain ailments. Runners especially can benefit from Chiropractic care because, as any runner knows, running can take a serious toll on the body. By receiving regular treatments and helping keep the pelvis and back aligned, runners can experience pain free joy when carrying out their favorite sport.
Chiropractic Care, for those of you who don’t know, is a method of care that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders, while emphasizing on treatment through manual adjustment or manipulation of the spine. These days a lot of chiropractors will use machines to stimulate nerves or muscles to help relieve the pain. However, the old school method is completely hands on and is still considered by many the most effective. Regardless of which you choose, chiropractic’s is beneficial and can help relieve pain and treat almost any form of back, neck, spine, leg, shoulder, hip, arm, or joint injuries.
The time for a runner to see a chiropractor is before an injury even occurs. By obtaining regular treatments, the runner can keep the spine and pelvis in proper alignment. Which not only helps prevent injury, but it can also increase performance. Unfortunately, many runners don’t partake in this helpful treatment method and about 72% will see an injury in their lifetime.
Running injuries can come in numerous forms. The 6 most common are Stress Fractures, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Runners Knee, Plantar Fasciitis, and Ilio-Tibal Band Syndrome. If a runner experiences any of these injures they can benefit from chiropractic care.
Stress Factures, while they can’t be treated specifically because they are a hairline fracture of the bone, can be treated to relieve pain. The main cause for stress factures is because one muscle or group of muscles is weak, putting more strain on a particular bone. Chiropractors are able to help stimulate nerves and muscles around these bones to increase strength preventing further injury. Shin Splints are similar to stress factors in that they can’t be treated themselves, but proper nervous system function can be restored to provide relief from the pain.
Achilles Tendonitis is a fancy of way of saying you have pain and swelling around your ankles. Most times this is caused by misalignment in your back and chiropractors can realign the discs and muscles to help treat and relieve pain that Achilles tendonitis can bring. Runners Knee is similar in the sense that it too can be treated for both the issue and pain. Most times Runners Knee occurs because the joint has been overworked. By realigning the joints in the knee you can virtually eliminate the problem and pain.
These are just a few examples of how chiropractic care can benefit runners. While the best time to see a Chiropractor is before the injury occurs, you can still benefit from receiving treatment for an injury. Chiropractors are truly the unsung heroes of physical therapy and injury prevention. Plus, they continue to achieve incredible results for runners and other patients alike. So if you’re suffering from an injury, or you’d like to take steps in preventing one make an appointment with your local chiropractor today!