Whether you’ve made a living out of running, or you do it just to stay fit and healthy, you’re likely familiar of all the aches and pains it can subject you to every now and then. That is not to say that you should stop doing it—consider working with a chiropractor.
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in treating biomechanical problems, which result from excessive force, repetitive movement, awkward or improper posture, faulty movement patterns, and prolonged standing or sitting. When you have poor biomechanics, your involved joints, muscles, and nerves bear the brunt of forces they are not familiar with, resulting in them getting strained and irritated, thus the pain and other symptoms.
A chiropractor utilizes hands-on manipulation and other techniques to help relieve your pain and restore the proper alignment, movement, and range of motion of your spine and joints. Here’s more to how a chiropractor can help you with not only the underlying cause of your running aches and pains but also with your performance.
Restoring Optimal Alignment Through Spinal and Extremity Adjustments
Your chiropractor will perform an adjustment on a problem area. For example, if you are having low back pain, your chiropractor may work on your low back and hips. If you are having ankle pain, they may do an adjustment on your ankle.
Your chiropractor will position you in different ways and, using controlled force, will realign your spine and/or joints. Each time your chiropractor performs an adjustment on a certain joint, its space opens minutely, thereby allowing a release of pressure. This explains the little pop or crack you hear—which is nothing more than a result of a beneficial mechanical change that enhances your movement and overall function.
You should feel immediate relief and, over the course of a few sessions, start noticing significant improvement in your symptoms.
Increased Range of Motion Through Chiropractic Stretching Exercises
In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor may either do some stretches with you after your treatment or recommend stretching exercises for you to do at home.
Stretching, in addition to adjustments, helps loosen your joints, making them more flexible and less prone to tightening up and becoming painful. The supporting muscles will also start to loosen up and become less likely to spasm.
With regular visits to your chiropractor, you’ll not only feel better but also have limber joints and more flexible and stronger muscles, and consequently, enhanced mobility and agility.
Injury Prevention Through Proper Movement Technique
Your chiropractor may also assess your movement patterns and determine which of them needs improvement. Your chiropractor may then teach you proper movement technique and other strategies to not only address your current problem but also help lower your risk of getting injured in the future.
Chiropractic Care in Grand Junction, CO
Here at Work Partners Occupational Health, we have an experienced, highly skilled chiropractor on staff who has made it a mission to help people suffering from all sorts of biomechanical issues feel, move, and live better.
To be one of our satisfied patients, call our office today at (970) 241-5585 or use our appointment request form. Our friendly staff is here to answer all your questions and concerns. We look forward to seeing you soon!