For a Cracking PB in your next Running Event, Visit Pain X Chiropractic
Running is a national past time in Singapore. During the coolest times of the day you will find more runners than walkers in popular areas like Marina Bay. Singapore offers everything from 5k colour fun runs to ultra marathons of over 100km. People love to run because it’s so easy to get started, initial progress is fast and the health benefits abound. It’s great for our hearts, loosing and maintaining weight, building muscle, strengthening joints and even making us happier. However, it also puts great stress on the body. Running requires that each leg and its composite muscles, joints and ligaments cope with a force up to ten times that experienced during walking, so running does come with risks. Experienced runners know that good shoes, good nutrition and correct stretching are essential for safe and effective training, but also for improving that all important PB, or personal best time in an event. However, Elite runners, including World Champion Usain Bolt, add one more to this list: musculoskeletal and joint alignment, and this is a chiropractor’s forte. Chiropractic can prevent running injuries before they happen, fix them quickly if you are already in pain, and improve your overall running performance. Let me explain.
Chiropractic Prevents Running Injuries
First, let me give a quick explanation of how chiropractic works. Chiropractic is a total and preventative approach to health. We focus on your nervous system, which controls all aspects of your body. Even a small misalignment in your spine can alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses preventing the receiving part of your body from acting at an optimum and causing other areas to over compensate. Chiropractors seek out and adjust those misalignments to restore proper function to the whole body. People tend to think of the doctor as someone to see when we are in chronic pain, and although chiropractors do relieve pain almost instantly, they much prefer to prevent it in the first place. As doctors, we can feel the misalignments in your spine often before you can. Therefore we realign them before you even notice they are causing you a problem. If those misalignments remain untreated not only will they become painful in the future, but they can, in extreme cases, lead to degenerative arthritis. When someone runs, their body and nervous system are placed under added pressure. The average Marathon runner takes 21,000 steps to complete one race, that’s not including all the training. Runners are at higher risk of injuries in the knees, the tendons in your quads, the IT band, the glutes, and the lower back. At Paramount Chiropractic, we specialize in sport chiropractic. If you inform us that you are a runner, we will take extra notice of those high-risk areas.
Chiropractic Fixes Running Injuries
If you are a runner who is already in pain, we can still help you. The first step we take is to thoroughly examine you for misalignment, and then we make the necessary careful adjustments on your spine to fix the problem. We’ll also advise you how to manage the pain at home through specific exercises and even nutrition. We’ll assess your leg-length discrepancy, which can be caused by running on angled surfaces, and we’ll advise you on cross training so your weaker muscles improve and over worked muscles recover. However, just because you run doesn’t mean that is the cause of your pain. Chances are you do other activities as well. You sit at a desk, stand on your feet, bend over to help children, and carry heavy bags. All these daily activities can cause imbalance and might be why you’re in pain. The culprit could actually be poor desk posture. The added pressure from running has simply highlighted the problem faster. At Pain X Chiropractic we take the time to assess what other factors might be causing the pain, so you can get back on the running track as soon as possible.
Chiropractic enables you to reach Peak Running Performance
Chiropractic is not only for runners in pain. It’s for runners who want to reach their peak performance faster. All elite runners around the world know that chiropractic care will get them running smoother and better. The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, used to suffer from scoliosis as a young man. This means his spine was curved. Instead of using braces or dangerous surgery, Bolt used chiropractic treatments and clearly they worked exceptionally well. He went on to become the world champion, who still uses chiropractic to get back into lightening shape after injury, but also to maintain his peak performance. Chiropractic treatment before race day can be likened to fine tuning a formula one car. It can add that winning edge. If you have a race coming up getting a treatment before hand could be the difference of beating your PB.
If you and would like to reach your peak running performance, or if pain is preventing you from running, book an appointment with Pain X Chiropractic today.