joint health

How Chiropractic helps with runners knee

First off I want to say that I didn't used to like running. It hurt my lungs. But what I have discovered is that it not only helps with all the lung function not to mention overall health but it is a form of stress relief. It is a wonderful way to get a lot of health benefits. It doesn't even have to be long or fast, just get out and run. Walk in the beginning if you have to. I am going to be writing a way to train up to running in the near future. 

Anyways runners can experience a lot of different injuries while running. A common one is what is called runners knee. When the knee joint cannot move and track the way it should when doing repetitive motion such as running then it can rub on the cartilage of the knee cap and create inflammation and pain. When this happens it is best to get things checked out so that you can prolong your running career. This can be a painful thing and might keep you from running altogether. The knee can swell up as well due to the irritation. You can experience popping when going up or down stairs as well as when kneeling down. 

The knee cap is supposed to run along a path that is on your femur (thigh bone). When it tracks off to the left or right then it creates problems. This can be due to tight muscles or a bad gait pattern. Whatever the case it needs to be evaluated in order to keep running pain free and not injuring the area. 

What chiropractic can do for the runner with runners knee is evaluate the gait as well as look at the joint itself. The knee should be stable so not much movement occurs so when it moves too much we look at the pelvic bones and the feet. When the feet or pelvic bones don't move correctly then movement has to come from somewhere else and it usually is the knee. 

Another way it can help is with treating the muscles around the joint. We do that by either doing trigger point therapy or instrument assisted soft tissue. What this does is free up tissue and alert the nervous system that there is an imbalance in the tone of the muscles. When one muscle is working harder then it pulls a certain way. This treatment helps to restore the correct tone in the muscle. 

Whether you like to run for fun and health or you are a competitive runner chiropractic can help keep you running at your best!

Why doing this one thing will help with your pain

Pain. We all have had it at some point. Hate it or love it it teaches us what damages our bodies. But what happens when it becomes a long term thing? We get so used to having it that it's always there. Does that cause damage as well? We will discover the one thing that will help with pain and how you can get do more of it. 

I'll start with a story. It is a story out of my life that I will share. I tore my ACL...twice. So had the surgery and afterwards they want you to put you leg on this device that moves it constantly, for 24 hours a day for a week, only resting it when you do your exercises. I mean you have this thing on you when you sleep so it's not the greatest  to be able to sleep. But why would they do something like that? One word. Movement. If you don't move the joint that was injured it becomes stuck and scar tissue forms and then you have more problems than when you started. 

The importance of movement especially joints that have been injured is crucial. Pain tells us to stop for good reason but movement that is controlled is actually a type of therapy. What does this have to do with health? Actually a lot. See when we experience pain we want to sit down and rest which is good for really acute pain. Like spraining your ankle you probably want to rest and ice it but once that period of rest and ice is over you gotta move it. Slowly walking getting the joint fluid to move around and drain is key. 

I see this everyday. Joints that are not properly moving cause pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine or other joints of the body. It is my job to free up joints and get them to move better so pain does not set in long term. I am so passionate about seeing people moving well and getting better because they get to experience life again the way that they used to know it. They get to play with their kids or play that sport with a little more ease. When we have people that are not in pain their mood improves which is a fantastic benefit to getting adjusted. The list goes on and on. 

So even after getting adjusted it is good to rest but taking a short walk of 5-10 minutes can help keep the joints free and moving correctly. This one thing of getting movement and not sitting down all the time will help to ease the pain you are experiencing. When you experience movement and what it is supposed to feel like you will get to enjoy life again!