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Love to run? Let you Denver physical therapist help you run longer

Running is an inherent ability to all of us who can move the lower half of our bodies without impediment. In order to survive humans used to follow prey for distances many cannot imagine today. To eat you had to catch your meal; in present times running is a lifestyle more than a life or death situation. While there are professional athletes who run for fame and glory, there are also individuals who simply enjoy the activity. No matter where you fall within this spectrum, we here at Peak Health and Wellness want to keep you running as long as possible. Let our team help you, come in for a running analysis!

If you have been running for a while you can probably feel it. That is because over time, running can deteriorate the cartilage in your knee joints and can cause minute fractures in your bones. These ailments are often referred to as runners knee and shin splints and though you cannot regain cartilage without surgery, you can move your body in a manner that does not negatively impact it as much. Though running can have some negative impacts on the body, a study spanning more than 15 years that was completed in 2014 indicates running can also improve a runner's overall health! Averaging 50 minutes of running a week the study shows you can increase your lifespan by three years and reduce all-cause mortality risk by around 30 percent. As you can see, running can both benefit you as well as cause some pain. That is why we want to ensure you are running properly and can continue to do so as long as you please!

What does a running analysis look like with us? We offer a comprehensive review of your running form through a close video analysis of your running! Are you looking to move more efficiently, take time off of your splits, run farther, or just simply not be in as much pain while running? These are all accomplishable with a better understanding of your running gait and form. We look for both musculoskeletal and biochemical impairments that may contribute to pain or lessened performance and then develop a plan to minimize these issues. Once we have established a plan to decrease your pain and improve your performance we will reassess your corrected form. Beyond offering an improved running regiment we offer a plethora of other services which also aid in pain reduction and muscle movement. To name a few: dry needling, therapeutic exercises as well as manual therapy and soft tissue mobilization! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and begin your wellness journey today, until then here are a couple tips for before and after your run.

Previous to running, do some mobile stretches. While static stretches (stretches while remaining stationary) are a great way to get your body limber; the movement accompanying will best prepare your muscles for the strain you will soon put on them. Think of your muscles like rubber bands, if you try to use them when cold there is a much higher risk of damage than if you were to attempt then they are warmed up. Another great tip for any exercise is to make sure you are hydrated. Important before and after a workout water helps your body operate at its highest level. A final tip for post run is to do some cool down exercises. Do not sit down immediately even though you may feel as if you want to. We recommend a little jog. Continuing to move and use your muscles allows lactic acid that has built up to be somewhat flushed out which will help with soreness later on. Visit us for more tips and a solid plan on how to keep you running as long as possible!