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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bonnie Verhunce

Why Runners Need a Chiropractor

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

If you are an active amateur or a competitive runner, using the services of a chiropractor can

make a vast change in your overall health, reduce your pain from injuries and improve your alignment for a more effective run. Chiropractors offer excellent rehabilitation care, and they can help you keep your body in top condition as an athlete.

Recovering from a Sports Injury

Most athletes get injured at one point or another in their career, whether it is while participating in their sport or an accident in their daily lives. Recovery from an injury can be difficult at times, and even after hours of physical therapy, you may feel that you aren't ready to start training again.

Physical therapy is a great help in recovering strength in soft tissue and muscle after an injury or surgery. However, chiropractors can improve the mobility of your joints after an injury and work with the soft tissue in conjunction with the joints in a coordinated fashion.

A chiropractic examination will take a look at:

  • How you move

  • How you stand

  • What the arch of your foot looks like

  • How your knees are aligned

  • How your hips are aligned

  • Joint range of motion

General Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractors are trained to look at the whole body and align it for optimum neurological balance. Many runners find it beneficial to have regular periodic adjustments to regain their body's balance from daily stress and the impact of running. Aligning the body can relieve tension or pain that is caused from misalignment before it becomes more than a minor impediment.

Runners may not even realize that the tension they feel is the beginning of pain caused from being out of balance until it is adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments are often part and parcel of a runner's training program to strengthen and improve performance. They can also help recover from pregnancy and postpartum bodily changes.

Preventing Injury and Promoting Optimal Performance

With regular care of a chiropractor, runners can actually prevent injury and promote optimal performance by keeping their bodies fine-tuned, working at maximum capacity. A chiropractor can find imbalances that may lead to injury and correct them before they become a serious problem. With your body in perfect balance, muscles and joints work more efficiently, powering up your performance as a runner and making the most of your body's resources.

Misalignment can be caused by many common runners’ experiences including running on the same type of surface every day, running on a slanted surface such as a beach or replacing running shoes too infrequently. As a runner, you can work to vary your running surfaces and keep a better watch on your shoes, but your chiropractor will let you know if your body is in need of more balance.

To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic, our office, Dr. Bonnie Verhunce or to schedule an appointment, click here. We're here to help!

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