Running and jogging are great ways to keep in shape and are also competitively fun. As an aerobic exercise, running helps to keep your heart healthy as well as build muscle. Unfortunately, running also puts a great deal of strain on your body, particularly your bones, joints and connective tissue. It’s no wonder that many runners end up taking prescription pain medications or having surgery to address problems.
There is an alternative though. Skilled chiropractic treatment can help relieve many of the problems that runners experience in a safe, natural manner, without the need for medications or surgery. In fact, chiropractic care in Las Vegas is available to deal with a variety of running injuries.
Our knees take on a huge amount of strain every day from simple walking. Running multiplies this strain several times. When you run, over 90% of your weight is supported by your knees with each step. This means that your knees are easily subject to both instant injury and degeneration over time.
A chiropractor can use non-invasive diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, to determine the nature and extent of knee injuries. Then, utilizing methods such as soft tissue release or local joint adjustments, chiropractic can provide relief of many common knee complaints like ligament and tendon sprains/strains. Furthermore, chiropractors are experts at giving advice on exercises, stretches, icing and other natural pain reduction techniques.
Of course, your feet support 100% of your bodyweight and are subject to a lot of impact from running. As a result, running causes one to be prone to plantar fasciitis, flat feet and other foot problems. Fortunately, chiropractic has a solution to these issues.
Plantar fasciitis, for example, is an inflammation of the connective tissue in the feet. Soft tissue release is very effective for this problem and often eliminates the need for surgery. Also, adjustment of the bones in the feet over time can help with fallen arches or flat feet.
Although it may not be obvious, a healthy spine is a necessity for any athlete, including runners. Proper spinal curvature is critical for running and ensures that you keep running pain-free. Of course, chiropractic focuses on the spine and can help treat and prevent any problems here through adjustments, gentle traction and other treatment modalities.
If you’re a runner experiencing pain or problems and are in need of chiropractic care in Las Vegas, contact Grimes Family Chiropractic for an appointment at (702) 233-2372 or through our webpage.