No one wants to be injured. And when you’re injured, you don’t want to be told not to run. Today I’m joining Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life! to talk about alternative treatment for running injuries.
My brother-in-law is a chiropractor, but ironically it was a running injury that took me to see my first chiropractor (not my BIL, who can no longer practice, ironically due to injury).
I have a tendency towards hip/knee overuse injuries. I go along, running just fine, until I come to the end of a training cycle & BAM! I have a painful race. It seems to come out of nowhere, although of course it doesn’t.
Last fall was just such an occasion. I had seen a chiropractor for a running analysis that summer, but she hadn’t actually found much wrong with me. Of course I wasn’t injured at the time I had the analysis done.
By the fall, though, it was a different story. My hip started bothering me after a 12 mile run. I saw the chiropractor a few times, but I have to admit it didn’t really seem to help. Too little too late, no doubt.
Thankfully that summer I’d begun to use KT Tape Pro (that’s the pink tape on my knees in the picture above). If you have knee, hip, achilles, or back problems (and more), run – don’t walk – to try it. I can’t say that fall half was pain free – far from it – but I finished it running and I bounced back in just a few days & I know it’s mostly due to KT Tape.
One of my resolutions for this year was to see the chiropractor on an ongoing basis. Mostly every other month. So far, so good. Not too long ago my shoulder was bothering me (not running related). It was about time for an appointment. And yes, my shoulder feels a lot better.
I’m not sure it qualifies as alternative treatment, but I do strength train. And I’m pretty religious about doing preventative exercises for my knee/hip, too. I use quie a few from Strength Running. You’ll find many of the routines I routine use under the “Get Strong, Prevent Injuries, Start Running More” heading on this page.
What have you turned to when injured? Did it work?