Summer is the time of year for all sorts of outdoor activities, but almost none is more popular than that ancient pursuit of speed: running. Mankind is a running machine, but after a while, all this activity can wear even the most talented athletes out. Whether you’re competing in your local half-marathon or just keeping in shape, it is always a good idea to have an expert evaluate your physical fitness and make sure that your athletics aren’t hurting more than helping. Running affects the health of your entire body, including that of your skeletal system. Some of the most com- mon injuries associated with running are shin splints and heel spurts, all of which can be treated by an attentive chiropractor, a great physical therapist or some good old fashioned frozen peas.
If you’re looking to prevent injuries, the chiropractor or PT offices can also evaluate and treat the balance or imbalance of your body. Putting more weight on one side of your body than the other while doing any physical pursuit can lead to injuries and general pain. They can help through adjustments, exercises and working with extremities so that your balance will be better than ever. Those balance enhancing efforts will not only assist in keeping you healthy through a 5k, but can also help with all summer athletic activities. Feel like standing tall on a surfboard this summer or slicing through the air elegantly along a zip-line? A healthy, balanced body will only improve on your experience as well as how you feel the morning after participating in your activities.
Take the time to improve on your balance and all of your endeavors will be reward- ed. Not only will you perform better, but you will feel better doing it. When you’ve sprinted to the finish, why not stand tall and healthy after all of your effort?
– Coach Carlos