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This is a common —and understandable— misconception. In fact, you might not even have heard of sports chiropractors until now. What sets them apart from normal chiropractors? And, do you need to see one?
What Do They Do?
Sports chiropractors are highly sought after in the sporting world, especially by Olympics and professional sports teams. Having been extensively trained in muscle work like Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston, they are adept at preventing injury and optimising performance.
Are They For Runners?
We tend to isolate a certain bone to only its nearest vicinity in the body, often forgetting that it somehow affects the rest of the body, too.
As chiropractic treatment encourages the proper alignment of the spine and pelvis, it is effective in treating a range of common running-related injuries, such as Achilles’ tendonitis, IT Band Syndrome, and knee problems to name a few.
Chiropractors warn that a malalignment of the spine can result in unwanted tension in one body part, and while normal medication alleviates the pain, chiropractic treatment goes to the root of the problem.
Contrary to popular belief, it is easy to have an improper spinal alignment. One of the major reasons being that you run in the same direction or on the same route every day and that you often run on slanted surfaces like the beach.
It can also be caused by not replacing your shoes when they are well past their lifespans. If you identify as a chronic sufferer of these running injuries, perhaps a trip to the back doctor could help solve them once and for all.
Misalignment may sound severe, but it is fairly easy to combat. In fact, you can find advice from previous articles, except that this time, you are aware that your back is also on the line.
Have a combination of surfaces to run on — pavement, track, grass, or even dirt, and change between them a few times a week. If you must run on the beach, run as close to the water as possible as the sand is usually flatter there. Lastly, have a spare pair of running shoes to swap with regularly.
Running advice, in hindsight, is a lot like how your body works. Outwardly, a certain tip may not seem to fit the part of the body you are trying to correct, but it somehow does eventually; they are interconnected. So do not dismiss back issues, for they affect your body more than you think.
"We tend to isolate a certain bone to only its nearest vicinity in the body, often forgetting that it does somehow affect the rest of the body, too."
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