A Chiropractor’s Advice for Running Safely

As you may know, running is a very high-impact activity. This is why New Jersey chiropractors advise that you take proper precautions when you run, you are at higher risk for some serious injuries. For example, prevalent running injuries result from overstressing muscles, tendons and ligaments—or under-supporting them. The results are shin splints, knee injuries, pain in the feet, and last but not least, hip and spine injuries.

  • Do more than run. For example, participate in yoga or Pilates for a more well-rounded body. Definitely strength train for overall balance.
  • Keep good form and posture while you run. This eases stress on your body as well as wear and tear. Keep a quick, short stride, and ensure your knee stays in line. Your foot should strike under your knee instead of in front of it. Your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees or less. Your hands should be below your chest and be kept loose.
  • Pace yourself. Work your way to more-intense running and long distances so that you avoid injuring or over-stressing your body.
  • Address any aches or pains immediately. Do not let anything linger. Tears, stressed muscles or other issues tend to become worse and serious.
  • Buy two pairs of the same shoes and alternate days wearing them. Visit a store that specializes in running shoes. Have your feet measured and evaluated for the proper shoe fit.
  • New Jersey chiropractors also recommend that you switch up your running surfaces. For example, among asphalt, pavement, treadmill, track, wood chips and grass. If you are at the beach, run as close to the water as possible. The sand is flatter and firmer there.
  • Eat healthfully and drink enough fluids.
  • Wear proper socks and shoes. Buy two pairs of the same shoes and alternate days wearing them. Visit a store that specializes in running shoes. Have your feet measured and evaluated for the proper shoe fit.

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