Behind the scenes of a chiropractic check up for runners…

When a runner comes in for an assessment, there are many things we will look at.

How do we assess a runner?

  • Posture check, especially pelvic and knee alignment, looking out for compensation patterns in joints and muscles
  • Range of motion available in low back and pelvis
  • Alignment of your sacrum looking for any twisting
  • Movement (joint palpation of your low back)
  • Hip mobility, including directions of movement that may produce ‘catch’ in the hip or groin
  • The reflexes in your legs, which are controlled by the nerves that come from the low back area, assessing basic pressure on these structures
  • The basic strength of the major muscles in your legs
  • A detailed examination of functional strength of the upper and lower body. This challenges your body in a way that you may use it whilst running to see if we can discover functional weakness in your system
  • Knees – range of movement, and ligament testing for their integrity
  • Ankles – range of movement, foot and toe mobility
  • Foot flatness – have you kept an arch? Do your feet throw off the rest of your lower limbs and pelvis?
  • Balance in double leg, single, leg and tandem – challenge you further by taking away sensory stimulus
  • Strength of the calf muscles
  • Search for trigger points in calf muscles, thighs and back of your legs. These can all contribute to common disorders in runner like runners knee
  • Assess the tightness of your piriformis and glute muscles. These are very important for pelvic and knee control
  • Rib movement and diaphragm tightness which can impact the mechanics of breathing

That’s quite a bit to checked, have you ever had a check up like that before?

What are the overall benefits of going to a chiropractor?

  • Comprehensive and detailed examination
  • Align with a chiropractor that understands how the body works
  • Create a personal care plan that YOU need
  • Improvement in strength and performance by allowing all muscles to work properly
  • A non-invasive, drug free pain relief tool
  • Improved joint function throughout the skeleton
  • Identify muscle imbalances or joint restrictions and provide rehabilitation exercises for you to follow at home
  • Creates relaxation through the deep tissue work or dry needling we do in practice
  • Release of tense muscles either by us or referral to our excellent sports massage therapists
  • Ease the mechanical loads and stress on the body that comes from training miles
  • Determine the likelihood of a future injury
  • Assess whether you should be running at all
  • Return you to running post injury