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Running.... Injuries, Risks, and How to Keep Doing What You love!

I'm Alex, Osteopath and sub-three hour marathon runner, new to Hove and loving getting lost again.

If you run regularly I’m sure you’d agree that there’s nothing quite like hitting the roads to de-stress, breathe in some fresh air and re-connect with your self. Those sensations that spur us on, the heart rate rising, sweat pouring down our faces and that post run endorphin rush (although sounds crazy to some) all let us know that we are exercising both physical and mental health AKA experiencing the runners high! However some of us also understand how frustrating it is when that niggle, whilst chasing down your PB or trying desperately hard not to be overtaken by your neighbour, is now preventing us from taking part in our beloved sport.


"Having trained for and completed races from 5km up to marathons I have had my fair share of injuries and setbacks. "

I have had first hand experience of how discouraging that feeling is when faced with the realisation that you have an injury that sets your training back or even stops you in your tracks. Using my own running experiences combined with my knowledge of musculoskeletal health, this blog sets out to help you understand the risks, common injuries and importantly what an osteopath can do to aid in the management of a musculoskeletal injury caused by running. The outcome is to keep you educated and informed so as you can continue seeking out that runners high!!!

Who is at risk of injury I hear you cry?

  • Approximately two thirds of runners sustain at least one injury causing disruption to their training schedule
  • Runners who are not fully recovered from a previous injury
  • There is a high injury occurrence once a 40mile threshold per week is crossed
  • In-experienced runners
  • Biomechanical Variables e.g. pesplanus feet, twisted pelvis

So what are the types of Injury then?

Research has demonstrated that most injuries in runners are overuse injuries to the lower extremities, specific examples of these injuries are:

  • Muscle strains and tendinopathies of the lower extremities
  • Patello-femoral Syndrome
  • ITB Friction Syndrome
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Plantafasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Meniscal injuries of the knee

And how can Osteopathy help you?

  • Osteopathic techniques can help reduce the incidence of M/S injury by restoring/maintaining musculoskeletal balance, stability and strength
  • Maintain and restore muscle flexibility affected by prolonged repetitive strain
  • Osteopaths can give you a holistic view of how your body integrates it’s structure and function, we focus on managing areas of your body that could be responsible for maintaining your injury
  • On-going advice and referral options

To sum it all up....

Extracting the information from the three sub headings above we can identify that running induced musculoskeletal injuries are prevalent within the running community. These injuries can however be managed and treated with positive results by an osteopath who will take a holistic approach to your treatment. An important point to close on is, listen to your body if you feel any painful symptoms before, during or after running, get them checked out by a professional, as from my own experience it’s much better to nip injuries in the bud, it will save you a lot of heart ache in the future. In my next blog I will explain how you can help keep those injuries at bay!!! Happy running.

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