Treating Running Injuries with Chiropractic

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Running injuries can occur unexpectedly over a variety of reasons and situations. Once you’ve suffered an injury as a result of running, time and patience will be a key element towards recovery and it’s important to give your body the proper time to heal. Using over-the-counter medication for the symptoms of pain and cold therapy to reduce the inflammation around the injury, are all temporary ways to relieve an individual’s injury or condition. But, ultimately, chiropractic care can be a great treatment option for runners. Chiropractic treatment focuses on musculoskeletal injuries, or soft tissue injuries, which can help heal many types of injuries, symptoms and conditions as well. Runners can greatly benefit from chiropractic care.

Many individuals believe that chiropractors only treat neck and back injuries but the entire human body can benefit from chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) indicated that knee pain is the most commonly diagnosed running injury. A chiropractor will gradually work with an individual’s injured knee according to their specific type of injury or condition by using specific chiropractic adjustment and manipulation techniques on areas of limited mobility of the surrounding joints of the knee, in order to increase movement, improve function, and reduce pain. Running injuries can cause pain, discomfort, and other symptoms, which can greatly alter an individual’s lifestyle. Chiropractic can help reduce an individual’s level of pain and shorten the amount of time they experience the pain and symptoms. Chiropractic care helps manage an individual’s symptoms naturally without needing the use of medications.

Occasionally, chiropractic care may follow with a set of personalized exercises to improve an individual’s strength, endurance, and stability, as well as to prevent future injuries. Running injuries most commonly occur due to overuse and/or an improper running form or gait. By maintaining the body’s correct alignment and its proper function, a chiropractor can help restore a runner’s health and allow them to return to their sport or physical activity. Sprains, strains, and other forms of trauma to the joints of the body can also be treated by a chiropractor.

Chiropractic treatment also promotes faster healing for injuries because it allows the body to heal itself. Chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations work to increase the blood flow around the area of the injury as well as improve an individual’s restricted mobility resulting from the injury. Chiropractors may also use adjustments and manipulations on other areas of the body to stimulate healing of the affected region.

Running is a great form of exercise that many people can enjoy without injury if the proper precautions are taken. From using proper footwear, stretching and warming up, to avoiding overexertion, it’s important to follow these steps to minimize injuries. However, if an injury does occur, chiropractic treatment may be a great treatment option for many individuals to decrease the symptoms, improve healing time, and maintain the body’s overall health.

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Running is considered to be one of the most popular forms of physical activity. This activity is not limited by location and because of its many benefits, such as building the muscles of the lower body and the burning of calories, its no wonder running is a preferred choice of exercise among many individuals. However, the constant and repetitive overuse of the feet against hard surfaces can frequently result in damage or injury to the hips, knees, and ankles. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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