While chiropractic treatment can help with pain and injuries, its biggest advantage to runners and athletes is preventive care.
Many runners, athletes and non-athletes may ask – why pay for chiropractic treatment when there is no pain to treat? It’s much easier to maintain good health and prevent injury than to treat somebody already in pain.
The danger with running injuries is that they are likely to be caused by repetitive stress and alignment problems that take time to develop, and an even longer time for the pain to start. If our bodies were designed with perfect alignment, then we would be able to cope with the regular stress running delivers. However, very few of us do have perfect alignment, and in many cases those with flat feet or high arches are at risk to extra cumulative stress to the body.
In preventive cases, a chiropractor can give a good overall evaluation, teaching the patient how to prevent injuries and maintain good alignment – thereby reducing the chance of injury. For those looking for preventive treatment, your chiropractor can help assess and evaluate your condition by offering scans of your feet, testing for strength imbalances and an analysis of your posture. In addition, the chiropractor can also suggest a program suited to your needs to prevent injury in the future.
If you are already suffering from a running injury chiropractic is a wonderful non-drug alternative to helping you get rid of pain while working towards correcting the problem and improving your running form.
If your are in pain or just don’t feel your best most days, call us to make an appointment or to see how we may be able to help.
- Chiropractic and Athletes (geneva-chiropractor.com)
- After I run, why do the insides of my lower legs — along the shins — hurt? (zocdoc.com)