4 Key Ways Runners Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

3 Key Ways Runners Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Running is one of Americans’ favorite forms of exercise. The reasons for its popularity are simple — it can be done almost anywhere, takes no special equipment, and burns lots of calories. Running also offers a great many health benefits such as weight control, decreased blood pressure and cholesterol, and relief from stress.

Everything with running is fabulous, right up until the time you hear a snap, crack, or pop. A downside to all of the wonderful benefits is that running can cause its share of injuries to your body.

The New York Times featured a study by Harvard scientists who presented an alarming statistic that two-thirds of runners will be injured in some way. Tendonitis, shin splints, ankle sprains, hip pain, and knee strains are a few of the many injuries brought on or exacerbated by a regular running routine.

What is a runner to do?

It’s important to take common-sense precautions to not get injured in the first place. Purchasing high-quality shoes and respecting the body’s limits are two excellent choices. Also, get evaluated to see if prescription orthotics may help you.

Another great choice is committing to full body chiropractic care. Regular runners can reap many positive results from visiting a sports and extremity chiropractor. Three big benefits sports and extremity chiropractic care offers for runners are the following:

Increased Range of Motion

Loose and relaxed joints allow for greater flexibility and movement, all of which make a runner’s gait and time more efficient. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found evidence that a chiropractic treatment regimen increased mobility in the hips over time.

While chiropractic care does not guarantee an individual will experience an increase in speed, unrestricted joints and better range of motion will definitely help a person move more freely and efficiently, as well as stand a better chance of avoiding running injuries.

At All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic Center your initial visit includes screenings that measure your range of motion.  The screening is repeated throughout your treatment to make sure your range of motion is improving.

Decreased Healing Time for Injuries

Unfortunately, runners frequently deal with injuries, some of which take weeks or months to heal. For dedicated runners, a serious injury is a piece of terrible news.

The first action for runners after they have been injured is to reduce or stop running so it can heal. Most runners do not want to risk losing the stamina that interrupting their routine brings on. Even with injuries we find that runners are able to continue running with incorporating chiropractic care, as long as the running doesn’t aggravate their condition.  Therapeutic modalities can shorten the duration of healing.

We can work with runners who have injured themselves from the repetitive motion of running. By using chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments, chiropractors can promote healing in the body as a whole. Runners love this because they want to get back to hoofing it as quickly as possible.

Minimized Instances of Becoming Injured

A spine out of alignment can cause other parts of the body to be weaker and more susceptible to injury. One part of the body compensating for another that is off kilter is one common way runners end up hurt.

Chiropractic treatment helps to keep the spine and extremities in alignment, which can have a ripple effect through the body. Regular adjustments can reduce the negative impact the jarring motion of running has on a person’s body, and help avoid running-relating injuries on the front end.

Prevention Can Maximize Your Performance

Running is a popular exercise routine for many, and yields a multitude of positive results to a person’s health and well-being. By taking proper steps to minimize the chance of injury, runners can enjoy the good points running brings to the table and steer clear of the bad.

Chiropractic care can be an effective part of making certain your body is in prime running condition and resistant to injury. If a person ends up dealing with an injury, chiropractic treatment may be able to boost healing time.

Ready! Set! Go!

If you are a runner and would like to talk further about the benefits full body chiropractic care offers, contact us today for a consultation. 

Dr. Paul M. Bekkum

Dr. Paul M. Bekkum

Dr. Paul Bekkum leads the team of health care professionals at All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic Center in Fargo, North Dakota. His life's mission is to help people live active and healthy lives. Dr. Bekkum believes that pain doesn't have to be a life-long sentence. By focusing on a person's whole body, Dr. Bekkum can help detect, correct, and prevent health problems. Born and raised in River Falls, WI, Dr. Bekkum attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls then graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1992. In addition to being a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Paul Bekkum is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. Dr. Bekkum is a team chiropractor for the NDSU Rodeo team, NDSU Equestrian team, and NDSU Marksmanship team.

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