Running is one of the most popular sports undertaken by people of all ages to keep fit and active, and improve their health and general well-being. It strengthens muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular fitness, burns calories and helps us to maintain a healthy weight. The benefits experienced by those who run regularly, can be hard to give up once experienced, but it does have its downsides.

Running is a high-impact activity, which means that it puts stress on the body’s weight-bearing joints, including the knees, hips, and ankles. This constant stress that running puts on our joints can also be compounded by running on an unforgiving surface, such as pavement, meaning over time runners may begin to experience problems in these joints. Irrespective of whether you are training for a marathon or enjoy a quick run once or twice a week, visiting a chiropractor can help to prevent these types of injury and speed up recovery times.

Another benefit of chiropractic treatment for runners is that you can lower risk of an injury recurring. Chiropractors are trained to look at the whole body and its alignment. Regular sessions will allow a chiropractor to bring your body back into balance and prevent old injuries from returning. This can be achieved by using manual manipulation techniques to restore optimum functioning which can increase blood flow to the damaged tissue. 

The body’s muscles and joints are interconnected, by working on an area of the body away from the injury, we can often achieve results on the area that is causing discomfort and pain, and while regular visits to a chiropractor does not guarantee that you will never get an injury when out running, having a body that is more aligned will certainly help.

Not being able to run can feel overwhelmingly disappointing for some people, and sadly many runners stop running due to injuries that can usually be improved by visiting a chiropractor. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury whilst running, a visit to the chiropractor can help by promoting healing of the affected area, it can also get you back out running far quicker than if the body was left to repair itself. 

At Backworks we look not only at diagnosing and treating your complaint but at getting to the root cause of the problem, what caused it in the first place and how to stop it from recurring. People of all ages and from all walks of life may benefit from seeing a chiropractor in Southend-on-Sea. Even those suffering from conditions such as arthritis can be helped, aiming to manage the levels of pain and increasing joint movement to make general day to day activities more comfortable and manageable.