Milwaukee Chiropractor’s Guide to Running

Running is a great way to exercise and burn much needed calories. It allows both physical exertion and mental recuperation. Many times while running a person can clear their thoughts and get ready for the day. Running though can be very tough on the body if you don’t do it properly. Here are come chiropractic tips to run properly and avoid some of the missteps and injuries that can occur.

You need to wear running shoes of good quality. Don’t wear basketball shoes, hiking shoes etc. Without proper footwear the foot is not properly hitting the ground. This then can cause leg and back pain which will require you to go to the chiropractor. Proper footwear makes sure your feet are properly positioned which then aligns the rest of the body and reduces wear and tear on the spine and back muscles.

Use a natural running movement which requires you to move your arms. Stiff arm movement or no arm movement can cause undue pressure on the back due to improper body weight transference. When running make sure your arms move with the opposite leg for proper balance.

Do not use any extra weights or carry weights while running. Although it would seem to be a better workout, it can actually hurt your body. The natural balance of running is altered and your back, legs, and neck try to compensate for this weird feeling. This compensation is what will cause you to pull a back muscle or cramp a muscle instead of you working harder. You are far better off working with weights before or after you run.

Always look forward when running. The natural way to run is eyes forward and head properly positioned straight ahead so that you don’t strain the necks muscles. This can also lead to back pain, neck pain, and lots of other conditions based on the way your body is lengthening to look down. You must get good at looking far enough in advance for any problems to avoid or run on a smooth surface.

Finally don’t run on those old run down shoes. Only stands to reason that these shoes have lost their proper support. Without the proper support to the foot all kinds of problems can occur. Trade them in for a new pair and you will see the difference right away.

Hope this helps you run without pain. I would always recommend going to a chiropractor before a serious workout regimen is started. The chiropractor will have many different techniques to help you avoid problems. They also can tell you what kind of shoe to get based on your foot and the way you walk.

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