Whether you are running a 5K race, a marathon or running to keep in shape, you will benefit from visiting a running chiropractor in West Palm Beach. In fact, many runners get adjusted right before a race to enhance their performance. Runners may have started out seeing the chiropractor for a running injury, but found the vast benefits of chiropractic care along the way. Read on to find out more about A Runner’s Sports Injuries, Performance, and the Benefits of a Chiropractic Clinic.
A Runner’s Sports Injuries, Performance, and the Benefits of a Chiropractic Clinic: Soft TissueTechniques/Manual Therapy Chiropractor
Find a chiropractor who has the expertise and training to work on your muscles/ soft tissue surrounding your joints using techniques such as myofascial release and active release technique. There are sports chiropractors who use their skills in soft tissue manipulation techniques to help optimize athletic performance and prevent injury. This is why we always see sports chiropractors on professional sports and Olympic teams. A common misconception about chiropractic care is that chiropractors simply “crack your back”. In reality, they can do so much more than that. For instance, if you have an iliotibial band syndrome, plantar facsiitis or a knee meniscus problem, you will need a chiropractor to manipulate the soft tissue along with the adjustment.
Spinal and Extremity Chiropractor
Runners sometimes have extremity (arms and legs) injuries. Whether it’s your hip, knee, shoulder, ankle or foot, a chiropractic adjustment can help. Just as your spine/ pelvis can get out of alignment, so can your extremities. In other words, additional joints may need chiropractic adjustments (hip joints, knee joints, ankles joints) along with the spine. After all, Chiropractic adjustments restore joint mobility and function, resolves joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Anatomically, the kinetic chain describes the interrelated groups of body segments, connecting joints, and muscles working together to perform movements. So the runner may need the lower kinetic chain (ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs, hips, pelvis, and spine) to be realigned. A running chiropractor in West Palm Beach can adjust the spine/pelvis, hips, knee, ankle joints, and even the smaller joints in your feet and toes.
Expenses and Time
Chiropractic is a champion of preventative care. Firstly, it is more sensible, economical and convenient to prevent a problem before it starts. Secondly, it will cost more time and money if the runner waits to treat when it becomes a chronic injury. Also, it may actually keep them from running and/or training. Thirdly, often the need for surgery, drugs and costly medical intervention can be avoided if the runner takes active steps to prevent injury.
There is a misconception that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to keep going, but it’s not true. The truth is, many keep going because of feeling better when they go. Similarly, the reduction of injuries makes them want to keep going. Many runners are not on a set schedule for chiropractic care. However, while a runner won’t have to treat for the rest of their life, it may take more than one visit. Your running sports chiropractor will tell you what they recommend. Ultimately, It’s up to you to decide how much care you need. Consider chiropractic care as an investment towards your optimal state of health.
Spinal adjustments along with recommendations from your chiropractor regarding stretching and strengthening exercises, nutrition, and lifestyle changes can successfully prevent a number of common, chronic and acute running related injuries. Furthermore, besides from the runner performing better and reducing their injuries, regular chiropractic care will help with digestion, improve sleep, and increase energy. Regular chiropractic adjustments help avoid many of the disorders that take shape as illness.
If you are looking for a West Palm Beach sports chiropractor for runners, Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you. Call 561-253-8984 today.