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According to research, 82 percent of runners will experience some form of injury throughout their running career. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete training for a marathon or simply starting out on training for your first 5km event. Although running can be extremely beneficial; running can lead to injury. Some of the most common running injuries include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee
  • Stress fractures
  • ITB pain
  • Achilles tendonitis

How Does Chiropractic Treat Running Injuries and Help Runners?

When you visit a Chiropractor for your running injury (or you may be at the clinic to see how you can prevent running injuries), the Chiropractor will ask you about your medical history and ask specific questions regarding your running routine. Questions may include what type of surface you run on and what type of shoes you wear. They essentially want to get an idea of your workout routine. This way, the Chiropractor will better understand your condition and what your expectations are. There will also be a physical exam to identify the problem and develop a strategy for the correct treatment.

No runner is alike. Not in the way you train or in the way pain affects you personally. The Chiropractor knows this and will tailor the treatment to meet your specific needs and goals to get you back to the sport you love. Runners may have different injuries, therefore the techniques used may vary. Techniques and treatments used may include some of the following depending on your specific injury:

  • Adjustments to the joints of the lower limb.
  • Spinal adjustments, more so of the lumbar spine & pelvis.
  • Massage & trigger point therapy.
  • Dry needling.
  • Kinesiotaping.
  • Ice or heat application & advice.
  • Footwear modification.
  • Arch supports.
  • Stretching & exercise rehabilitation

Rudi van Zyl