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Keep On Running

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The most important thing I’ve learned in my chiropractic practice when taking care of running athletes is that when injured, a serious runner doesn’t want to stop even after their body forces them to put their running on the shelf. My professional advice to all running athletes is to set the time aside to take care of the body, legs, and feet with an injury prevention program and smart training techniques before injury occurs.

Avoid chronic overuse problems that develop over time from poor running mechanics, worn-out or improper footwear, inconsistent preventative measures such as stretching, warming up, corrective exercise, massage, and chiropractic. Incorporating all of these into your injury prevention program can be helpful to make you a healthy and capable runner.

Here are the 3 most common overuse injuries that I see in my office.

1. Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs

    Causes:

  • Excessive training
  • Poor shoe selection
  • Excessive shoe mileage
  • Heel strike or overstriding
  • Flat feet with no arch supports

     Treatment and Prevention:

  • Correcting Running Posture
  • Correction of any abnormal pelvic tilt with Chiropractic
  • Fixing muscle imbalances through corrective exercise
  • Diligent and consistent stretching, foam rolling, Chiropractic Care, and Massage Therapy
  • Myofascial Release Technique or Active Release Technique
  • Mid-foot strike running gait pattern
  • Tall relaxed posture while running
  • Arch supports or Orthotics

2. Leg Pain or IT Band Syndrome

     Causes:

  • Poor running posture, heel strike, and excessive bending at the waist
  • Inward drawn knees (Genu Valgum) or knocked knee running
  • Fallen foot arches
  • Foot pronation
  • Unaddressed pelvic issues

      Treatment and Prevention:

  • Correction of any joint misalignment occurring in the lower back, pelvis, knees, ankles or feet with Chiropractic
  • Massage, Myofascial Release Technique, and Active Release Technique
  • Stretching and foam rolling
  • Corrective exercise
  • Arch supports or Orthotics

3. Runner’s Knee or Patellar Tendinitis

      Causes: 

  • Poor running mechanics such as over-striding and heel strike
  • Poor shoe selection
  • Flat feet with no arch support
  • Weak quads and hip flexors
  • Tight hamstrings and calves

      Treatment and Prevention:

  • Rest
  • Ice to reduce inflammation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Address mechanical issues and running gait problems with corrective exercise and stretching
  • Address muscle weakness and stretch the tight muscles

The very best tip I can tell the runner’s out there is to get properly assessed by a healthcare professional and set the time aside to maintain your body before injury occurs because running is a very demanding sport or form of exercise. If your car needs it’s oil changed and tires rotated every 3000 to 5000 miles, what will your body require to keep going? Take care of your body because you only get one.

 

Keep on Running,

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas

Chiropractic, Massage, Corrective Exercise, and Nutritional Support

Chiropractic, Massage, Corrective Exercise, and Nutritional Support

 

 

 

 

 

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Proper Hydration and Healthier Discs

Are you drinking enough water to properly hydrate the intervertebral discs in you spinal column? Okay, maybe you’re getting your recommended  6-8 glasses of water a day but can I ask you this question. Is that enough water to replenish the water you lose in your intervertebral discs on a daily basis? This may not be enough.

Our adult bodies are 60% water at best and an infant’s body is approximately 78%. Water is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell and has many important properties. Water acts as the body’s first building material, it regulates our internal body temperature, helps metabolize our foods, is an important component for our blood, helps deliver oxygen throughout our body, and helps flush waste from our body. Water also acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord and helps lubricate all our joints.
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At my chiropractic office in Joshua, Texas I commonly see patients with disc injuries and herniations. The intervertebral disc is a fibrous pad between the vertebrae in our spines. Intervertebral discs have an outer annulus that is made of of rings of collagen fibers and a liquid gel-like central nucleus that acts like a ball bearing allowing for better movement of the spine. The disc separates the vertebrae and allows our body a greater range of motion and also acts to absorb a small amount of mechanical stress on the spine. Our discs require water such as every cell in the body does and when our bodies are dehydrated so are our discs. Being dehydrated is not good for the health of our discs and can lead to injury when stresses are applied to our spinal column. A disc that is poorly hydrated has a much greater risk for injury than one that is adequately hydrated. Staying properly hydrated can help avoid injury to the intervertebral disc. Below are some things you should know about your intervertebral discs, risks of injury, and how to stay hydrated.

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THINGS TO KNOW: DISC HYDRATION

  • During the day our discs lose water due to stress and the weight of gravity
  • At night while lying asleep gives disc the chance to reabsorb water (We are taller in the mornings and shorter as the day goes by due to compression on the spine and discs causing them to lose water)
  • As we age our discs lose their ability to absorb as much water
  • Avoid sodas, teas, coffee, and alcohol that can dehydrate your body
  • Avoid nicotine and other diuretics that can dehydrate your body
  • Drink more water, double the amount recommended during the hot summer days in Texas heat
  • Athletes playing summer sports or subjected to heat should drink water before, during, and after competition and practice

Written by Joseph J. Thomas, D.C., CCSP