Attention long distance runners! Did you know that chiropractic care can help increase endurance, flexibility, and reduce pain? Proper alignment of the spine and pelvis are CRUCIAL in making sure that runners are performing at the most elite level. Endurance runners often experience problems such as hip tendinitis or bursitis, achilles tendinitis, IT band syndrome, knee tracking disorders, and low back pain. With the wide variety of services offered at our office, we can knock out your pain and make sure that you are working out with maximum function!
Fun fact, we can also adjust extremities! This means that if you are experiencing any pain or stiffness in the ankles, feet, knees, or hips, we can take care of that for you as well. Typically, extremity adjustments are gentler than the spinal adjustments you are used to, and the doctor might utilize the Activator or a drop piece to introduce motion to a restricted segment. Patients generally report less clicking and popping, more natural movement, and a reduction in swelling and inflammation after treatment.
Kinesiotape, also known as “K-Tape”, can help reduce inflammation in the muscles targeted with treatment and therefor reduce pain levels. We will find the muscles, joints, and fascia that will benefit most from the treatment, and use specific patterns based on patient condition. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesiotape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to heal many different ailments. In our office, the doctors will look for trigger points causing muscle pain and use needles to help dissipate the tension. Needles in the hamstrings, ankles, knees, and low back can help improve pain levels, range of motion, and can also promote relaxation for the busy athlete.
Cupping and massage are also great options when looking at your pain from a soft tissue perspective. When used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, which take care of motion restrictions in the spine and extremities, these therapies can increase blood flow and tissue oxygenation, relax tender muscles, and target deep areas to break up scar tissue.
Custom orthotics are also crucial for the avid runner because of their ability to balance the body from the ground up. Common problems seen with patients include imbalanced arches (too high or too low), torqued pelvis leading to a short leg, hamstrings that are too tight, inactive hip flexors, and plantar fasciitis. Orthotics can help mitigate imbalances by providing support where it might not have existed before, and by making sure that equal weight is being distributed to each leg and hip.
Be sure to schedule an appointment today if you’re looking to improve times, rehab an injury, or take your marathon training to the next level!