As the weather starts to climb up out of the snow and into the sunshine, many are trading their snow boots and gloves in for running shoes and Fitbits. Seasoned runners stay fit in the off season with the help of treadmills and elliptical machines.  While any exercise is great for your cardiac health, making the transition from gym to street can strain your spine and ligaments.

Chiropractic care can be beneficial to athletes, especially runners! In fact, many athletes – such as Serena Williams and Tom Brady – swear by chiropractic care, claiming that it improves their sports performance, prevents injury and re-injury, and promotes joint health.

Running is one of the most common forms of exercise but with extensive exercise comes the risk for injury, especially if you don’t take precaution. Even leisurely jogs can be harmful on our joints, knees and ankles without the proper warm-up routine and maintenance. Here are 4 ways we the Back Pain Clinic Belleville can help you be a better, healthier, injury-free runner:

Improved Alignment

When your body is misaligned, so are your runs. Because running is a high impact sport, your risk for pain and injury increases. Additionally, when your body is out of line, its overall functionality suffers, interfering with your ability to reach your fitness goals.  Seeing Dr. Rob Fast for regular chiropractic adjustments, can help your body more evenly distribute your weight and ensure that you are performing at peak levels.

Treating Alignment Issues and Injury

Maye you have been running while misaligned for years, and now you are experiencing either pain in your feet, low back, knees, shoulders or have been diagnosed with pinched nerves. We have the latest diagnostic and therapeutic tools that work in conjunction with regular chiro6ydewspractic appointments.  We can offer pain relief and get you back to the runs you love so much. Chiropractors can even help those with sprained ankles, knees or tendons regain strength and optimal mobility.

Injury Prevention

One of the most common problems seen in runners are injuries due to overuse. Some of these can include hip pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains. When you run with improper form or poor support, your body has to compensate for the misalignment. Physical examinations and postural analysis can determine whether a runner may have any deficiencies or problems in their musculoskeletal system or biomechanics that may cause future problems. In addition, Dr. Fast will help you to correct your form and strengthen small muscles that help support your larger muscles.

Visit the Back Pain Clinic Belleville on West Main to keep doing what you love—jogging and running.