As Chiropractors, our aim is to improve musculoskeletal issues and increase nervous system function. Because chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, drug free alternative to traditional treatment, many people visit the chiropractor regularly for many reasons.

We help people who have experienced accidents, injuries, neck or back pain, and to ensure their bodies are functioning at their highest potential. But chiropractic care can also be very beneficial to athletes, especially runners! In fact, many athletes (such as Serena Williams, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods) 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. Whether you’re a tennis player, football player, golfer, marathon runner, just jog regularly to be healthy, seeing a chiropractor regularly can help you be the best runner you can be. Here are 4 ways we at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center can help you be a better, healthier, injury-free runner:

  1. Improved Alignment

When your body is misaligned, so are your runs. Because running can have a high impact on your body, if it is done while out of alignment, your risk for pain and injury increases. Additionally, when your body is out of line, its overall functionality suffers and you may be unable to reach your fitness goals. By seeing us for regular chiropractic adjustments, we can help your body more evenly distribute your weight and ensure that you are performing at peak levels.

  1. 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. Don’t fret—we can still help you! Through massage, which we offer at our wellness center, regular adjustments, rest, injury rehabilitation, strengthening and correcting your misalignment, 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.

  1.  Injury Prevention

One of the most common problems we see that runners experience 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. We will perform thorough physical examinations and postural analysis to determine whether a runner may have any deficiencies or problems in their musculoskeletal system or biomechanics that may cause future problems- such as overuse injuries. In addition, we will help you to correct your form and strengthen small muscles that help support your larger muscles. Visiting us at our Maine Chiropractic office will help you catch the potential for injury before it happens, allowing you to keep doing what you love—jogging and running.

  1. Orthotics

At Chiropractic Family Wellness Center, we have a cutting-edge Foot Levelers foot scanner that allows us to get thorough scans of your feet, in case issues with pronation, arch collapse or too-high arches, or other foot imbalances are part of the cause of your pain. The scanner lives in our lobby, is free to use, and provides you with complimentary scans! In addition, based on these scans, we can order you custom-orthotics at a fraction of the cost of orthotics from other sources. We have orthotics for running, as well as for dress shoes and custom-made sandals and shoes to ensure your body is in alignment.

A Scarborough, Maine Chiropractic Office You Can Trust

Come see the chiropractors at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center at our Scarborough, Maine office for proper treatment to help you run safely and without injury! Call us today at (207) 883-5549. See you soon!