With Run Melbourne fast approaching we thought we would focus our attention on running. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just a beginner we want give you some insight on what running involves, how to get the best out of it without injury and how to prepare for your next run.
It all starts with the right shoes. At Osteopathic Works we suggest bringing your current runners with you to your next consultation so we can assess whether they are supporting your feet as they should be. As a rough guide many suggest replacing your shoes after 600-800km however even though the bottom of the shoes may appear to have plenty of tread, the mid-sole material may have started to break down.
Be sure to note whether your running style has changed, you’re getting sore during your normal run or not recovering the way you had been. These can all be indications that your runners are no longer giving you the support you need. If our practitioners suggest the need for new runners we advocate the work Active Feet and FootPro do with their clients. Both stores have staff that are highly trained and will fit the individual with the shoe that will best suit them.
Warming up is important before heading out for a run, dynamic stretches have been found to help athletes perform better and reduce the risk of injury. Runners World has put together a set of 5 exercises that we would also recommend practicing before your next run. Just as important as the warm up, a proper cool down can minimise any post run soreness or injury. Finishing your run by walking for 5-10 minutes of easy walking, depending on the length you’ve run a cold bath, stretching and massage can be used for recovery.
As we said in our mission statement, “We believe that just as anything mechanical requires regular servicing to ensure optimal functioning so does the human body.” As with most exercise, your body can be under an increased load or stress. Seeking treatment from your Osteopath regularly while training is an important key to being able to perform at your best. Your body is good at compensating for minor strains and sprains that you may acquire during exercise, without regular treatment, these strains build up and can result in an injury that will require more time to treat, increased rest time or even specialist referral.
For more information please don’t hesitate to ask your Osteopath at your next consultation. You may also like to enquire about vitamins and nutrients that can improve your performance and assist your recovery.
For everyone competing in Run Melbourne on July 30th we wish you the best of luck!