Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise. It offers many benefits and you can do it almost anywhere. It helps tone the body, decrease stress, and is excellent for cardiovascular health. As great of a workout, running is, it is not uncommon to experience some injuries to your knees, ankles, or hips.
Whether you are running marathons or just a casual jogger, there is probably a good chance that you have or will suffer from a running injury. Not to worry, our St. Louis Park Chiropractor specializes in treating running injuries!
During your initial recovery phase, it is always a good idea to give your body some rest, and time to heal. Icing the injury, and topical pain analgesics are great holistic ways to help you get some instant relief. So be sure to get checked out, one of the best ways runners can treat their injuries is by visiting a chiropractor.
If you have been dealing with a running injury, our St. Louis Park Chiropractor can help you get back on your feet faster. Still not sure? Well, here are four things you should know about Chiropractors and how they can help runners benefit from chiropractic care:
Chiropractors treat more than just necks and backs
A common misconception is that Chiropractors only adjust patients’ spines, but the entire body can benefit from chiropractic adjustments. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that knee pain is the most common running injury. Dr. Flatgard specializes in specific techniques that can help treat knee and other soft tissue injuries that runners may face. Our Chiropractic office can help manage your Strains, Sprains, and other pain you may be experiencing.
Chiropractic can promote quicker healing
Graston and Active Release Technique, along with Chiropractic adjustments, can help break up restrictions and adhesions, while improving blood flow to the injured area. Chiropractors view the body in its entirety and may use manipulations and adjustments on other parts of the body to stimulate healing of the afflicted area.
Chiropractors aid in pain management
Running injuries sometimes can cause pain that lasts for weeks. Working with a Chiropractor can help reduce the severity of pain along with shortening your recovery time. Chiropractic care can help ease the discomfort and pain associated with the injury, allowing patients to rely less on drugs, which is an excellent benefit for those who don’t want to or are not able to take medication.
Chiropractic can reduce the risk of getting re-injured
It’s not uncommon for runners to end up hurt because they have had a previous injury, or felt that something was “off”. Since Chiropractors care about your wellness and treat the body as a whole, they work with runners to minimize the chance of re-injuring themselves. We can help get back to your running routine quickly by making sure you are in alignment, and your joints are moving properly.
Running is an excellent form of exercise and stress relief, and many people run for years without incident. A few steps you can take to minimize your chances of getting hurt are, choosing proper shoes, stretching beforehand and after, a balanced diet, and avoiding overexertion.
However if you notice that something is “off” or doesn’t feel right when you are out for your run, know that we at Excelsior and Grand Chiropractic are here for you. There are Chiropractic treatment options that decrease pain, healing time, and the risk of re-injury. Just give us a call, or schedule now to get your appointment today. We’re here to help!