Denise, Back2Balance’s new Osteopath, is a fan of outdoor exercise. She runs, cycles (when her bike has air in the tyres!), and helps others avoid injury with her expert support. In this blog, Denise offers us guidance and tips to avoid unnecessary pain.
Running is great for our cardiovascular and mental health. It is also better with Osteopathy and Chiropractic. It speeds up weight loss and helps us feel and look better. You either love or hate running. It’s very rare that people grow to love it.
Unfortunately, most runners will experience some sort of injury at some point in their lives. Common injuries and syndromes are: plantar fasciitis, osteochondrosis, arthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, patella maltracking and shin splints. In youngsters, osgood schlatters in common – this is inflammation where the muscles of the front of the thigh meet the top on the shin.
How can osteopathy / chiropractic help?Osteopathy and chiropractic care can not only treat injuries but prevent them from happening.
The practitioner treats injuries by working on the soft tissues surrounding the joints and using mobilisations and adjustments on the joint. This will give symptom relief. This the first phase of care. The second stage will be rehabilitation which is stretching and strengthening of muscles and ligaments. This phase is important in prevention of the injury. The third phase is about maintaining the optimal state of health you’re at. This requires lifestyle changes from you which your osteopath or chiropractor will help you with.
One of the most important things about running is the footwear you use and your running technique. Your practitioner will be able to help and advise you on this.
So if you have any queries regarding running or any injuries that need sorting out – come and see us at Back2Balance.
If you have any experience you would love to share with us, or questions regarding running, please use the comments box provided.