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How a chiropractor can help with running performance and feet pain

Published: 26 January 2022

How chiro can help someone in their running performance and with feet pain

Chiropractors are typically known for helping back and spine conditions however, did you know they are also trained to work on any bone, muscle or joint anywhere in the body. This is why Chiropractors are described as Musculo-skeletal experts.

Did you also know that many Chiropractors have extra training in sports management including running performance.

This means, chiropractors at Back In Motion can help you with both running and any associated foot pain you maybe experiencing.

How can a Chiropractor help?

When we run, our lower limbs go through a cycle from your foot leaving the groud, back to impact. This is called your running gain.

Your running gait is influenced by both lower limb and spino-pelvic biomechanics. This means our bones have a direct impact on the way that we move through our running step and any alignment issues can result in discomfort while running. 

One study investigated the ‘effects of chiropractic high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) sacroiliac and lumbosacral manipulation on running performance with asymptomatic dysfunction of the sacroiliac and lumbosacral joints.’ [1] Running times were statistically significantly faster than the control group.

Chiropractors use manipulation to help restore function to the 22 foot bones and associated ligaments and muscles.

Techniques include manual mobilisations by hand and mechanical, instrument-assisted manipulation.

Many Chiropractors also use gait analysis software to assess how your feet are impacting your knees and spine. In some cases, orthotics are prescribed.

If you are experiencing any foot pain, or would like to improve our running performance, make a booking with one of our chiropractors today! 


[1]        Coskun R et al, Efficiency of high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) lumbosacral manipulation on running time and jumping distance, Comparison with sham manipulation in amateur soccer players, Manuelle Medizin, volume 58, pages229–236 (2020).