As a runner, it is important to keep in mind that every time your feet hit the ground, your legs absorb as much as three times your body weight; this is a lot of stress on your legs. The most common running injuries in Greensboro are due to overtraining, overuse, a flaw in motion or improper shoes. The good news is with a little pre-planning and regular chiropractic care, most running injuries can be prevented. Here are a few tips to help you avoid running injuries.
Wear the Correct Shoes
Not all running shoes are alike. The type of shoes you wear for running depends on your foot type as well as your style of running. It is important to wear shoes that are in good condition and that you wear the right model for your feet. Wearing the wrong shoe can create several problems, including pain in your legs, feet, hips and knees. It’s best to purchase running shoes from a specialty shop where you can be properly fitted.
Maintain Your Flexibility
Not only is it important to stretch before running, but you should also do daily stretching to help improve and maintain your flexibility. Warm up for about 10-minutes before doing your stretches. Injuries frequently happen because the physical stress of running is too much for your body to handle, so start slow, stretch before and after and avoid overtraining.
Keep Your Head Up & Feet Straight
Although your head may feel heavy while running, if you don’t hold it properly, it can lead to problems. For example, if your head tilts too far back, it puts a strain on your neck muscles and holding it forward can cause neck and back pain. You should avoid turning feet sideways or twisting them when running and try to run in a straight line. This will help to reduce the risk of injury to your knees and ankles.
Good posture is essential for runners, so it is beneficial to visit your chiropractor regularly. Chiropractic care can help to ensure your spine is tip top condition, which ultimately improves your posture, prevents slouching and it can help to relieve pressure on your neck and back.
Are You in Need Of Relief?
Contact Healing Hands Chiropractic to learn more information about how chiropractic care can be beneficial for runners. Call 336-235-4530.