Why Chiropractic Care is Important for Runners
Maybe you’ve never thought about chiropractic care. After all, as a regular runner, you’re pretty healthy. You’ve never sustained any lasting injuries and you don’t feel constant pain. What would be the point to paying for chiropractic care?
You’re not alone in your thought process. Athletes and non-athletes alike assume that chiropractic care is only beneficial if you are experiencing pain. Not so. In fact, many athletes and sports teams employ the services of a chiropractor on a regular basis. “Why,” you ask? Well, the answer is simple, really. It is much easier to keep a healthy person healthy than it is to treat a person already in pain.
Ideally, if you had perfect alignment, your body could handle almost anything. However, few people, if any, have perfect body alignment. Additional issues in the feet, like flat feet or high arches, can also contribute to the problem. Add in the high amount of impact placed on the body while running and you are now at a very high risk for conditions ranging anywhere from pain in the feet, shoulders, and lower back, to pinched nerves and sciatic pain.
Of course, the problems don’t occur overnight. Alignment problems take time to develop. It takes even longer for the pain to set in. Once you actually start feeling pain from your alignment issues, you are already in pretty poor shape. Now, instead of preventing injuries, your chiropractor will have to help repair injuries. While it doesn’t have to be this way, it is sadly all too common.
If you are a runner and you have never seen a chiropractor, now is the best time to start taking advantage of chiropractic care. They can give you a full evaluation, help you learn how to prevent injuries, and help you stay in good alignment and reduce your chances of injuries.