Whether you have entered a local park run, regional 10K or have taken on the task of running the London Marathon next month, the fact is you are out there training and putting your body through its paces. Running has become an increasingly popular way to improve fitness, however the impact of your feet hitting the ground, can have an effect on your skeletal health. Keeping your bones and joints in tip-top order is a priority. We have set out below some things to consider that may enhance your performance.
Vary your running path - A quick way to wear out a part of your body is to overuse the same muscles and joints. Rotate between various routes and surfaces to reduce the chances of skeletal misalignment.
Double up on shoes - Find a favourite brand and style of shoe, buy two pairs, then switch between them so that they wear out differently.
Change the way you spend your working hours - Switch between various sitting and standing positions shifting your posture every 30 minutes. Consider adding a stability ball whilst sitting to help engage your core. The way you function in your daily life will have an impact on your running!
Prevent injury with a pre-run warmup - It is important not skip a warmup. Movements which support your spine, lubricate your joints, and wake up your hip sockets are a great start keeping in mind the benefits of lunges and circular motions. Keep stretching until after the workout.
Keep your body strong with a post-run stretch - Surprisingly stretching before your run can negatively affect your muscles. However it is crucial to stretch after running to keep injuries at bay.
Add a chiropractor to your team - Never ignore what your body is telling you. Many distance runners get caught up with how many miles they have to complete each week and ignore their joints niggling away at them. There is a reason chiropractors populate sports and Olympic teams, their services are known to reduce risk of injury, and promote a quicker recovery.
Wincanton Chiropractic team are readily available to answer any questions you may have about your health and fitness we also offer free spinal assessments. By listening to you we can provide a variety of individual treatment plans that can keep you injury free for longer. Take the first step!
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Do you get more than just green fingers when you garden?
As the weather warms many of us will be dusting off our spades and unravelling our hoses in anticipation for a spring and summer full of gardening. As peaceful and relaxing as gardening can be it’s undeniable that it brings with it a lot of bending, twisting, reaching and pulling. Your back, upper legs, knees, shoulders and wrists, can all become affected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, before, during and after enjoying your favourite hobby.
Stretch - Before you even head outside with your favourite gardening attire give your muscles a good stretch. As with any activity, that will put stress or strain on your muscles, it is imperative to stretch. Warm muscles work more efficiently and are less likely to be injured.
Body Mechanics - Gardening is full of repetitive motions over time this can cause you a whole host of problems.
Whilst enjoying your garden try to follow the below principles:
Visit a Chiropractor - If you have injured yourself flexing your green fingers and thumbs or are interested in strengthening, or injury prevention, contact us at Wincanton Chiropractic Clinic. Doctors of Chiropractic are highly educated and specially trained musculoskeletal experts. If you experience any pain related to spring activities Wincanton Chiropractic Clinic would be happy to help. We can offer you advice, a free spinal assessment, individual treatment to suit you, alongside our other services that include yoga, pilates and acupuncture.
Let us help you to relax in your garden when all the hard work is done!