Do you enjoy running or know someone that does? Running can provide an excellent form of exercise for the whole body and is a great way to maintain cardiovascular and respiratory health. It can also be an important part of improving or maintaining psychological wellbeing and stress management. The term "runner's high" is used to describe the nice happy feelings that come after a good run.
For these reasons, it can become quite distressing when the enjoyment of running is disrupted by pain and injuries affecting the knees, lower legs, feet or ankles. Some people may be familiar with "runner's knee" which is not nice like "runner's high" and causes pain and aching around the knee cap. Other people may be familiar with "shin splints" which can make running pretty much impossible until the pain subsides. In the acupuncture clinic, injuries associated with running are very common.
So why do many runners tend to suffer from these problems? Well, I undertsand there to be two main causes. The first is that most of us are running nowadays on hard flat surfaces such as concrete and bitumen and secondly that we are doing so in shoes that we were not designed to run in. Our biomechanics are affected with running shoes and the heel of our foot tends to be the point of impact rather than the ball of the foot as in the case of barfeoot running. This can place additional stress throughout the body including on major joints such as our knees.
All hope is not lost. Considering modifications to what surface you run on and the type of shoe you run in can make a huge difference. Understanding more about which parts of your body might need some strength and conditioning work can also be very helpful. To get relief from running associated injuries and to discuss more about how to avoid them in the future, contact Sean for a consultation.