How Can Physio Help Your Running?

Did you know that up to 80% of runners will be injured in a 12 month period? That’s 4 out of 5 runners. Worried? You should be. No one wants to be injured and not many runners are happy not to run. Knee pain is the most commonly reported injury in runners, but you can injury almost any part of your body. The good news is that your physiotherapist can help you run injury free and run further and faster (if that’s your goal).
It’s important to see your physiotherapist early if you are experiencing any problems when running. This can include blisters, uncomfortable shoes, chaffing, niggles, muscle pain or injury or joint swelling. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce pain and swelling, prevent excess time away from running, limit recurrence of injury and help maintain your fitness through suitable cross training activities.
While many people ‘just go for a run’ and argue that humans were ‘born to run’, this approach to running is highly likely to lead to injury. Running needs to be considered as a sport. You wouldn’t go and play a game of cricket or rugby without going to training during the week so why would you approach running any differently?
Running requires specific abilities such as flexibility, strength and coordination. Our physiotherapists can help by assessing your current strengths and weaknesses and advising which areas you need to improve. A sports physiotherapist can also advise you on specific running technique and training programs. For example if you want to run faster you will need to do some speed sessions (i.e. train fast to be fast).
Our Sports Physiotherapist at Back2Balance Physiotherapy, Lucy Beumer, has a special interest in running injuries. She has attended several courses about running injury, biomechanics and technique. A recreational runner herself she understands the needs of runners, and has experience treating some of Queensland’s top middle distance runners.
Lucy conducts 1 hour video running assessment consultations as well as being able to provide gym and running training programs.
We’re here to help get you back on the road sooner, so don’t put up with discomfort, come and see us at Back2Balance Physiotherapy today!

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