Why is it important for runners to get Chiropractic care?
The nervous system controls and regulates all functions of the body including the muscles and ligaments. In order for runners to perform their best, it is important that they have an optimally functioning nervous system. A healthy spine and nervous system allows for better performance, endurance, and healing. The nervous system coordinates communication between the brain and muscles, creating the optimal environment for peak performance. Chiropractic care also helps with recovery by reducing the inflammatory processes that cause pain and slow down performance and endurance.
How does Chiropractic care help runners?
The vertebral segments of the spine help to support and protect the nervous system. When these joints of the spine are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves associated with the misaligned area. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the spine, and depending on results, will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the spine is necessary. If so, he or she will gently move the misaligned joint back into place. Your chiropractor will analyze the balance of the muscles supporting your spine and suggest stretches/exercises to help balance those areas.
Long distance running can be very demanding on the body, especially on the extremities (including the small bones and ligaments of the feet, ankles, and knees). Your chiropractor can ensure these areas of the body are aligned and moving properly, which will lead to proper running form. Proper extremity alignment also prevents soft tissue injury (ie. muscles, tendons, and ligaments) and helps existing injuries to heal faster.
How often should a runner be given a Chiropractic adjustment?
This depends on the level of activity the runner currently has and would like to continue to have. Chiropractic care is utilized by the top performing athletes in all sports and activities. Chiropractic care provides optimal performance, longevity, and recovery. Once your local San Diego chiropractor performs a thorough exam and history, recommendations for care as well as pertinent stretches and exercises will be given.
Stretches and Exercises to help runners:
It is important to stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding the neck to help balance and stabilize the area. Be sure to stretch both sides, but focus more on the affected side.
Please make sure your chiropractor analyzes for misalignments before performing these stretches.