Most injuries are a combination of overuse coupled with bad form over a relative period of time. For example, sitting at a computer for 8 hrs a day in a flexed position, or running with improper mechanics and even the repetition of lifting weights without proper stabilization. Over taxing a certain body part in excess will damage soft tissue structures – muscles become tight, restricted and even weak.
Not good right. I’m a big proponent of soft tissue work (Active Release Techniques), mobility/stability exercises, and joint manipulation when the body breaks down and tissues becomes short and tight. These techniques are able to restore normal soft tissue and joint motion.
To help support these treatments, with proper technique training – 6 principles of injury free running – we can learn to reduce the amount of wear and tear to the body, prevent injuries from re-occurring and even increase performance.
If you play golf, any expert will explain that technique is crucial, well, the same holds true for running. There are certain universal principles that every runner should know…
This article from the “Triathlon Jones” blog has some very helpful hints to improve your running technique and overall form with just a few simple modifications.
He suggests the “Chi Running” and “Pose Method” techniques that each possess three specific alterations that you can easily make to improve your running form. These alterations include
- Leaning slightly forward while running.
- Making sure your entire foot hits the ground at contact – mid-foot strike.
- Increasing the number of times your feet hit the ground during a run.
Each of these tips are said to decrease the amount of pressure on knees and joints, decrease injury, as well as lower your heart rate, which are all common problems associated with runners. He gives some equipment and book suggestions, as well, to help you get started on improving the way you run.
Improving running technique has been a valuable tool when treating running injuries. There are 3 areas that are imperative to address when dealing with overuse/repetitive strain injuries; the first is to restore normal joint and soft-tissue motion, the second is to correct muscular imbalances, and the third is to improve bio-mechanics. To read more about an integrative approach, check out my previous blog, Improve knee Healh.
When these 3 strategies are implemented, we get quick results, happy patients, and long term solutions.
Hope this helps…