Hospital Drive Chiropractic

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Running into Trouble

Those who run regularly to keep fit should know that this weight-bearing activity has the potential to cause back pain. Each time the running foot hits the ground (which occurs between 80 and 90 times per minute for each foot), the body absorbs the shock of two to four times its body weight. While the feet, ankles, knee joints, and surrounding muscles and tendons absorb the initial impact, these forces transmit directly to the pelvic and spinal area. Injury avoidance involves the selection of good running shoes, maintaining an erect posture while running, maintaining flexibility in the lower back, stretching regularly, and running on soft surfaces. Following a chiropractic maintenance regimen also helps ensure a healthy back.