Iron Man: Perks of Chiropractic Adjustments for Runners,
Swimmers & Cyclers
The Ironman Triathlon boasts that you can, “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life” (En.wikipedia.org, 2017). In 1977 on Oahu, the idea was hatched when an old, familiar argument arose between competitors of several different triathlons about who was considered the most fit. Some sited studies about one event or another, while one man, U.S. Navy Commander John Collins, suggested they build a triathlon to test fitness between runners, swimmers, and cyclists. And so, the Ironman Triathlon was born, and gathering upwards of 50 participants its first year in 1979, the first set of Ironmen and women were established.
Every athlete takes care that their bikes, goggles, and running shoes are in top shape, best they can buy, and ready for anything that the course may throw at them. They train year-round to participate, and hopefully become an Ironman. Their food intake, their workouts, their activity is carefully tailored to tune their bodies to peak performance. With all this careful planning, training, and maintenance, one factor that could make a big difference is overlooked: Chiropractic health.
A common misconception of chiropractic care is that chiropractors simply “crack your back”. In reality, they can do so much more than that. There are sports chiropractors trained in the Active Release Technique, who use their skills to help optimize athletic performance and prevent injury. This is why we always see sports chiropractors on professional sports and Olympic teams.
Runners in particular are prone to such injuries as plantar fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, and improper patella tracking. These are caused when there is improper alignment of the spine and/or pelvis causing unequal weight distribution during an activity. With a repetitive motion such as running, having proper alignment of your spine and hips is vital to prevent pain and injury. A running chiropractor near Mesa can not only align the spine and pelvis properly, but they can adjust knee and ankle joints, and even the smaller joints in your feet and toes.
In addition to regular Mesa chiropractic care, it is recommended that you change up your running surfaces a few times a week so that you come to run more naturally on different surfaces. Make sure to find the flattest part of the surface to run on. For example, run closest to the water when on the beach, or almost anywhere in our beautiful, Arizona deserts. Make sure to replace your shoes every few hundred miles, and while you’re at it, buy two of the same type of shoe, trading them out every few running days.