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