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3 Ways Chiropractic can Help Runners

June 14, 2018, 4:30 pm

3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Runners

Chiropractor Trent Burrup runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Dr. Trent Burrup, Chiropractor, runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Running is a favorite form of exercise for many people.  Simply put, it is popular because it can be done almost anywhere, burns up lots of calories, and uses no special equipment.  Running is also great for your health! It helps decrease stress, control weight, increase stamina and energy, and is great for your heart.

The downside of the benefits is that running causes its share of injuries to the body.

Tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, and knee strains are a few of the many injuries brought on or exacerbated by a regular running routine.

So what do you do? It’s important to take precautions to not get injured in the first place. Running in high quality shoes, stretching, and knowing your body’s limits are 3 ways to help reduce injuries.

Another great choice is getting regular chiropractic care. Runners can reap many positive benefits from visiting a chiropractor. Three big benefits chiropractic care offers to runners and other athletes are the following:

Increased Range of Motion: Loose and relaxed joints allow for greater flexibility and movement.  This will in turn benefit a runner’s gait and running time. Chiropractic care helps loosen joints and increase range of motion, which in turn helps a runner move more freely and better avoid running injuries.

Decreased Healing Time for Injuries: By using chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors can promote healing in the body as a whole, as well as treating specific injuries.  Specific treatments can include extremity adjustments and laser therapy to decrease pain and accelerate healing.  This allows runners to get back to running quicker and minimize time lost in improving times or preparing for races.

More Resistance to Becoming Injured: One common way runners get hurt is by one part of the body compensating for another. Chiropractic treatment helps to keep the spine and extremities in alignment, allowing all parts of the body to function properly, and reduces the negative impact of the jarring motion of running.

Running is a popular exercise routine for many, and has many positive benefits in a person’s health and well-being. By taking proper steps to minimize the chance of injury, runners can enjoy the benefits of running and minimize the risks.

Chiropractic care can be an effective part of making certain your body is in prime running condition and resistant to injury. If a person does get an injury, chiropractic care can help increase healing time and decrease time needed to recover.

Ready! Set! Run!

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5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica

June 9, 2018, 6:01 pm

Sciatica is persistent pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and into the lower leg.  The Sciatic Nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body.  Sciatic pain usually develops from general use, and wear and tear  of your lower spine, not as a result of injury.

Low Back Pain image, man holding low backThe 5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica:

  1. Maintain proper posture:  People who have good posture help their body to have proper nerve and blood flow, which may be impaired by prolonged poor posture.  Poor posture can cause aching, pain, and impaired nerve function over time.
  2. Exercise regularly:  The risk for sciatica is much lower when the muscles and tissues of your body are strong and healthy.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  I know, the last thing you want to hear…but it is so true!  The better you eat, the better the body works, and a healthy weight puts less pressure on nerves and blood flow, directly affecting the sciatic nerve.
  4. Use good body mechanics when lifting:  Injury is less common as a reason for developing sciatica.  However, when injury is involved, poor lifting techniques are a common reason for injury that leads to sciatica.
  5. Get regular chiropractic care:  Chiropractic adjustments offer a drug-free, non-invasive treatment option as well as preventive care for sciatica.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore/maintain spinal movement, which improves function while decreasing pain and inflammation.  Depending on the cause of the sciatica, your chiropractor may use ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, and rehab exercises in addition to chiropractic adjustments in your treatment.

While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, these suggestions improve spinal health and the overall health of the body, and can greatly lower your risk for developing sciatica.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care for sciatica and many other conditions.  We provide chiropractic and other wellness services to patients in West Jordan and the Salt Lake City Metro area.  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

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