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!