Joint Pain While Running? A Chiropractor May be Able to Help
Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to run at least three times a week. Or maybe you’re an experienced marathoner. Whatever the case, you’re taking a positive step toward improving your wellness by incorporating regular exercise. Congratulations! Running is a great stride towards healthfulness.
Before you lace up your running shoes, however, remember that joint pain when running is common. The reason is simple: most people just aren’t accustomed to working their leg joints and muscles that vigorously. Generally, conditioning yourself and slowly acclimating your body to the demands of running will be enough to overcome any initial pain.
If you experience pain regularly as a seasoned runner, however, this could be a sign of a serious problem – even if the pain doesn’t linger in the long term. For starters, heavy runners are prone to plantar fasciitis, hip pain, and Iliotibial (IT) band pain, leading to structural problems in the spine.
Chiropractic can be an effective treatment to allow you to keep running and improving cardiovascular health. If you’re a runner in the Denver, CO or San Francisco, CA areas, Posture Works may be able to help you resolve joint pain problems, so you can run pain-free.
How does running affect the joints?
If you’re not always running with perfect form, it’s likely your weight distribution isn’t quite right. When parts of the body are shouldering a disproportionate part of the burden, problems will ensue. For example, for overweight runners, proper weight distribution is almost inevitably a problem, putting excess strain on the joints. Other concerns may include kicking a leg out during strides or planting the foot at an angle.
Running on hard surfaces will also be problematic. Whenever possible, run on soft surfaces like dirt trails. Avoid cement surfaces and choose lightly cambered asphalt surfaces. This will reduce impact on the joints.
Doing some research on finding the right shoes is important as well. A good shoe will provide arch support and shock-absorption, lowering vibration and shock to joints.
How does chiropractic help runners?
If you’re experiencing joint pain and swelling, it’s important to seek the consultation of a medical professional. Ignoring these problems could lead to significant biomechanical issues in the future. A trained chiropractor will examine your condition and medical history, and discuss how to potentially resolve your particular joint problems.
Chiropractors are experts in spinal health first and foremost. Maintaining proper spinal posture is essential for balance and stability. Your chiropractor can offer spinal adjustments to correct misalignments caused by imbalances or a disproportionate running habit. The wear and tear on vertebral discs often causes subluxations (misalignments) that can have a long-term impact on spinal integrity. Again, running can cause or worsen these conditions if there are issues with posture or technique.
Through an assessment of your standing, walking, or jogging posture, a chiropractor can also offer advice on proper running technique. In addition, they might also recommend different beneficial stretches you can do before and after running.
Don’t let joint pain stop you from running. Get back on your feet with the help of the experienced team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Call today to receive your complimentary consultation and more information on the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to work with each patient’s unique spine.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.