Chiropractic and running.

RunningIt’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer (slowly), we are beginning to look forward to summer and we are becoming more motivated to get out and exercise. For some of us that means signing up for one of the many fun runs, half marathons or maybe even marathons that are held in Sydney over the next 6 months. Running is great for your fitness and for weight loss, but it can be hard on your body, especially if you haven’t done much of it in the past few months.

Chiropractic can help in several ways for you to reach your running goals, whether that’s to be able to run 5km without stopping or to get a PB in next months half marathon. It’s often of great benefit to have a chiropractic treatment before you get into training. A treatment will balance your structure, not only your spine and hips, but also your knees and very importantly your feet, joints that get used heavily when running. Being structurally balanced allows your body to function at its optimum, which means in its most efficient and strongest state. If your body is in an efficient state it can work that bit easier than if it were unbalanced and less efficient, therefore making running that bit easier. Having your body in a strong state means it is resilient. It can cope with the training and the challenges you will put your body through, with less chance of injury. It will also have the ability to adapt faster and hence reach your goals faster.

If you’ve started training and you begin to feel some strains or pains, don’t get disheartened. It doesn’t mean you need to give up running. It just means that the exercise you’re doing is challenging your body to a level where small imbalances are now showing up. These are small imbalances that would not cause any symptoms if your level of training was just a little lower. Visiting your Chiropractor can help rebalance these issues and allow you to get back to training.