How chiropractic care and massage play a significant role for triathletes and runners

Training for a triathlon or marathon puts a lot of stress on the human body. When race day arrives, a person must be confident in the work they put in, and that their body is operating at its best. To help boost race day performance and confidence, the body needs to be in kept in alignment throughout training with the assistance of chiropractic care and massage. Utilizing these practices will allow the body to stay in the proper alignment and help increase nerve and blood flow, giving the body a natural boost to optimize its athletic potential while reducing the risk of injury.

The benefits of competing with chiropractic care and massage therapy

During training, the terrain that we run on is not ideal at times. Running on uneven ground can lead to awkward balance or targeted wear and tear on the body from repetition. Even running on a flat surface all the time is not ideal, because it may lead to overworking a certain area of the body as well. Keeping the body aligned during training is one of the most effective ways to prevent injury and recover smoothly from a run, bike or swim. Massage will also help relieve common foot pain from plantar fasciitis and relieve muscle tension in the back, arms and legs from athletic activity.

Chiropractic care has been proven to aid in enhancing the range and motion of the body while increasing nerve and blood flow. This puts an athlete’s body in the optimal position for health and stamina to perform on race day. If an injury occurs on race day, chiropractic and massage techniques may be used to reduce pain by helping improve nerve flow, allowing the body to naturally restore and heal itself. Some methods that our chiropractors use to help triathletes and runners perform at their best are the Active Release Technique (ART) and the Kinesio Taping Method. Once the race has been completed, it is very important to stay hydrated and loose. Massage therapy and a few regular chiropractor visits after race day will allow the body to recover slowly and effectively.

In 2015, our own Dr. Warren Zook completed the IronMan race in British Columbia, Canada. He trained 15-18 hours a week leading up to the race including running, biking and swimming. He also trained with a disciplined diet of anti-inflammatory foods accompanied by protein drinks and regular adjustments from his wife and chiropractor, Dr. Heidi Zook.

Adjust to Heath Chiropractic is an advocate in teaching how live a healthy lifestyle through eliminating toxins, eating natural foods and utilizing regular chiropractic care. The Adjust to Health Chiropractors of Buffalo, Minnesota are here to help anyone wanting to live a healthy and balanced life.

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