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Handling the Rigors of Running

Handling the Rigors of RunningAll exercise is good exercise, however when it comes to burning calories or losing weight, it’s hard to beat running. That’s the good news. The issue with running is that even if performed correctly, there is an enormous amount of stress that the body must endure. Though with a proper team of physicians, chiropractors, and physiotherapists in place, one can avoid the typical struggles associated with the strains of running.

Our daily lives incorporate an abundance of sedentary activities. As such, certain muscles may not be adequately equipped to handle the rigors of running. In particular, the central portion of our body, better known as the core, is needed to stabilize the repeated demands made by our legs and therefore its strength is crucial. The analogy we like to use is that of firing a canon from a canoe versus a ship. The stronger the base the more efficient we become.

As such having a biomechanical specialist examines both the intrinsic elements (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and joints) and the extrinsic factors (shoes, environment, and running surfaces) can help ensure a successful workout and overall training regimen.

The musculoskeletal assessment includes a breakdown of how you stand and bear weight, the structure of foot’s arch, as well as focus on knee and hip alignment. After a thorough examination is performed and any indication of injury is detected (swelling, reduced range of motion or mobility), there are a variety of treatment options which can be employed.

These may include –

  • An assortment of hands on procedures such as active release technique (ART-a combination of massage and stretching while applying deep tension on the muscle as its moved through range of motion)
  • Graston technique (focused on releasing adhesion located in the surface tissue level).
  • Certain physical therapy techniques such as electric muscle stimulation, pilates, stability balls, resistance bands or foam rollers may be utilized.

Remember that proper diet and nutrition should not be overlooked. Food is fuel and thirty to sixty minutes prior to running the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats should be consumed. The length and intensity of your workout will dictate this even further. And of course, there is nothing more important than proper hydration.

So please remember there is more to running than simply lacing up your shoes and heading out for exercise. Whether you are a first-time runner or experienced marathoner the old saying “no pain no gain” no longer applies. Stay in tune with your body as early detection and treatment will save you extended time on the sideline and more time exercising.

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