York Chiropractors For Runners

If you’re an active runner you will know how important it is for your bones, joints and muscles to be in good shape to prevent running injuries. Unfortunately, running injuries are common and can be extremely detrimental to your performance. In some cases it may take weeks or months to heal, delaying training while you recover. Chiropractic care for runners is essential in order for you to recover with ease and prevent any further injuries; chiropractic treatment is important for running if you want to enjoy your sport for as long as possible. 

How Specialist Running Chiropractors Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

Visiting a sports chiropractor can prevent running injuries by ensuring all joints and muscles are working correctly and helping with the alignment of your spine and pelvis, hips and legs. Attending regular sessions at Active Care Chiropractic will give you access to an expert running chiropractor, who can perform many techniques including chiropractic adjustments to alleviate the stresses put on your body from excessive running. Chiropractic care for runners will also improve the movement and flexibility of your joints, optimising your performance and helping you reduce running injuries with our specialist techniques.

Can Chiropractors Help Runner’s Knee?

Affecting 30% of female runners and 25% of male runners; runner’s knee is one of the most common running injuries and is caused by excessive stress on the knee whilst running. Runner’s knee can be treated by a running chiropractor by helping with any dysfunction in the “lower mechanical chain” of your toes – foot – ankle – knee – hip – pelvis and spine.  This can prevent the strain on the muscles around your knee causing them to heal more quickly and decreasing your risk of further injury.

The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For Runners

Chiropractic for runners is essential to make the most of your performance. By helping keep your body and spine working right and in alignment; this can help prevent further running injuries that can occur if your body is not in its best shape. Not only can a sports chiropractor for runners prevent injuries, they can also treat a whole range of other injuries that you may be experiencing.

Common Running Injuries That Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat and Prevent

Running causes a lot of pressure to be put on many muscles, bones and joints making it very common for injuries to occur. A chiropractor can help you prevent a running injury, as well as improve recovery speed.

Here is a list of the most common running injuries chiropractic treatment can help you with:

Runner’s Knee

Patellofemoral syndrome also known as runner’s knee is the pain at the front of and around your knee. It’s a common sports injury in runners, poor movement in your ankle or hip is one of the main causes as well as weak or unbalanced muscles around your knee, putting you at more risk of developing runner’s knee. Visiting a chiropractor for knee pain can help treat or ideally prevent this injury by performing chiropractic adjustments on the joints and specialist techniques on the muscles in your knee, which will reduce any strain on that area.

Shin Splints

Tibial stress syndrome or shin splints is the dull pain along your shinbone accompanied by mild swelling; which may get worse with exercise. Shin splints may go away on their own if you rest, however in many cases if left untreated it can lead to more serious injuries including stress fractures. A chiropractor can work out what is causing the pain and use specialist techniques in order to reduce the inflammation which causes shin splints.

Hamstring Injuries

Your Hamstring is another common area to be injured when running regularly; if they’re weak (inhibited), tight or fatigued they may be more prone to becoming injured while running. This can include a pain in the upper part of the back of your leg, you may also experience tightness in your hamstring. For runners, seeking chiropractic care can help you prevent and treat hamstring injuries by performing specialist chiropractic treatment on the injured area, working to stretch and relax the muscle to relieve any stiffness.

Ankle Sprain

One typical running injury can occur when your foot rolls onto your ankle causing you to sprain that area. Symptoms include pain, swelling and bruising. Visiting a running chiropractor can help you recover from this running injury with specialist treatment; helping to heal faster than leaving it to heal on its own.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a running injury involving the irritation of the fascia or soft tissues on the bottom of the foot is another common running injury a chiropractor can help with. The fascia can be put under excess stress when running which can cause the tissue to break down. If you experience tightness in your calf muscle this can also lead to plantar fasciitis. Pain or a burning sensation on the bottom of your heel can be an indicator you have this running injury. A chiropractor will be able to help treat alignments or dysfunction in your body and tension in your calf or foot, which can be the underlying causes of plantar fasciitis.