Anyone can have back pain. In fact, a majority of Americans have experienced such pain at some point in their lives. For those who are physically active, like runners—both the recreational and the elite ones—the chances of experiencing back pain are higher. After all, it only takes suboptimal posture during running, or following an imbalanced training plan, to create the potential for biomechanical injuries.
Stop running. A lot of injuries runners have are due to overuse. Once they stop running, the injured muscles are given time to heal. For most runners, however, stopping their participation in the sport is out of the question, although a reduced regimen of running, augmented with other activities, may be ideal for allowing the body to heal.
Consult a doctor. In most cases, medical doctors typically prescribe painkillers to address pain. However, medications slow down the body’s recovery process, so for runners who need to be back in their sport in the shortest time possible, merely taking pills to get rid of the pain may not be effective.
Undergoing physical therapy sessions is part and parcel of any runner’s medical care. Depending upon the nature of the injury, ultrasound and TENS may be done in conjunction with physical therapy. Not only do these treatments stimulate the muscles to help hasten the recovery process, the electrical treatment also helps reduce pain.
Finally, seeking chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatment options available for runners with injuries. It is, in fact, becoming more and more popular among those who are active in sports. A lot of runners consult a chiropractor regularly even when they are not injured as part of their preventive, health-seeking behavior.
Chiropractic care is especially helpful for runners in that it not only promotes healthy living, it also involves a holistic approach that pairs well with the runner’s healthy lifestyle. Aside from spinal adjustments which can help with any misalignments caused by too much physical activity, the chiropractor will also provide counseling with regards to the proper posture in running, and address any nutritional deficiencies.
Chiropractors can also help runners strengthen muscles surrounding any injured area through strengthening and stretching exercises that the runner can do at home.
With chiropractic care, runners can now make sure that any biomechanical injuries can be addressed before they happen, greatly increasing their performance in the sport, and returning them more quickly to their beloved pastime.