Running can be one of the great pleasures of life, a natural high every time you're out on the road. Of course, it can also take a serious toll on your muscles and joints. How can you protect them and make them as strong as possible? It's simple: See a chiropractor!

Injury Prevention and Recovery

When you go for a chiropractic check-up, that chiropractor will examine your spine and lower extremity joints. He or she will be looking for imbalances, bones of your spine and pelvis that are out of alignment, and checking for locking of the joints in your knees, ankles, and feet and also any muscle imbalances (restrictions, tightness, weakness, trigger points).

With just their hands, chiropractors can realign things that are out of position and unlock any locked-up joints in your lower extremities. And, when things are unlocked and aligned they will move in harmony, reducing wear and tear and friction on all of your joints and uneven stress on your muscles.

If you've already suffered an injury, chiropractic will help you recover faster and much more completely. Consequently, your tissues will mend faster and you'll heal more quickly.

Keeping Runners Healthy

Simply put, chiropractic adjustments help reduce pain by enabling the body to heal uninhibited.

The holistic approach of chiropractors is particularly effective against referred pain. In many cases, a misalignment or subluxation in one area can refer pain to a different and distant area. For example, a kink in the neck could lead to an aching shoulder or tingling in a hand. In that instance, if your personal trainer rubbed or applied heat to your shoulder, it wouldn't diminish the pain for long. However, a chiropractor would adjust your neck thereby removing the cause of the problem and allowing the body to heal. Thus, your shoulder or hand would soon feel better.

Many chiropractors these days specialize in working with athletes. Hundreds of pro athletes find chiropractic absolutely a necessary part of their training. After you've been seeing such a professional for a while, you should have better posture, more confidence and less discomfort. Especially appealing, you may find yourself running faster than you have in a long time — and maybe even faster than ever before!