Well done to all our Practice Members and staff who took part in the recent Brighton Half Marathon. Whether you ran for a charity or just for the challenge, you should be very proud of yourselves!
Dr Patrick Thomas, Chiropractor at Beach House Chiropractic in Worthing, has some words of advice to help you stay injury-free if you’re training for an event over the coming months in the first of a three-part blog.
Any increase in physical activity is bound to place additional stress on the body, particularly moving joints like the spine, hips, knees and ankles. There’s nothing more frustrating than taking part in an event only for pain to strike due to you having an imbalance or weakness in a joint. Carrying on only makes the problem worse and can put you back weeks in your preparation for other events.
My primary advice is to do everything you can to stay free of injury. One of the most important considerations in this aspect should be your spinal health and postural alignment. Ignoring the main structure of your body (your spine) is a mistake that many people do make, and unfortunately end up suffering for. The health of your spine has a direct influence on your nervous system which controls and coordinates every movement in your body. Imbalances in the spine will lead to muscle tension and restricted movement. The relationship between your spine, the pelvis, knees and ankles directly effects your performance. Common soft tissue injuries such as Achilles tendinitis can be linked to this relationship and whilst treating the injury is important, it is vital to treat the underlying problem with the spine and pelvis. A visit to your local Chiropractor will help ensure your spinal health and postural alignment is ideal and ready to cope with your training regime.
Another important consideration for staying injury-free is to rest well. Overuse is the cause of many injuries and we often hear the story from our new clients about problems that just keep coming back. Following an examination it’s not too difficult to understand why. Resting properly allows the body to heal itself.
Remembering to use an Ice Pack is the final piece of advice in this blog post for staying injury-free. Using an Ice Pack after training, or whenever you feel pain, will help with tissue repair and reduces inflammation, naturally. The standard method is to apply the ice pack for 15 minutes and then pop it back in the freezer for 45 minutes before repeating.
Good luck with your event and please look out for my next post in this three-part blog post.
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