David is now well into his sixties and runs regularly between one and 3 hours. Years of personal injuries to hips knees ankles have given an excellent insight to the issues faced with prevention and rehabilitation. There can be no finer sport that allows you to don a pair of trainers and just, go! There is peace and tranquility, health and finess. weight control and all at a low financial outlay. It is of the utmost importance to me personally to enable my patients to continue in their quest to achieve personal goals.
Taking up running is an excellent way to get into shape and make you feel good. It can help with weight loss, improve cardiovascular health, increase bone density and generally make you feel better.
Sadly, due to it’s high impact nature, running can be pretty tough on the body. Injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis, Patellar Tendonitis, Runner’s Knee, Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, hamstring tears and strains and back pain are just a few that plague many runners. The incidence of such injuries are not always avoidable but there are a number of steps that can help the runner to greatly reduce the chance of injury.
The most common running related injuries are down to building up mileage too quickly, running on hard surfaces, wearing the wrong footwear (see Run and Become or Profeet for correct footwear), not warming up, not stretching enough and not resting when soreness, fatigue and pain set in.
Runners also need to be aware of uneven spinal and pelvic rotation which can pre-load certain tissues and precipitate an overuse injury. Pelvic assymetry or dysfunction will not usually lead to problems on a short run, however, when stepping up to the longer distances, breakdown is likely to occur.
Here at the clinic we offer a full body check up for runners. We also have special 5 session treatment courses for runners, making it affordable. We also highly recomment regular visits either for assessment and treatment or specific sports massage to speed up recovery to those aching legs.