RUNNING: A TEAM APPROACH
Running is increasingly becoming the exercise of choice. It’s so accessible whether it’s a Park Run, C25K, training for a 10k or marathon, or just for fun, you can put on a pair of shoes and have a go
Running can take its toll on your body and there are many factors that can impact on your performance, success and enjoyment.
Statistically, injuries to the knee and lower leg represent nearly two-thirds of all running-related injuries, with patella problems, iliotibial band syndrome, Achilles and hamstring tendonopathies and Plantar Fasciitis being amongst the most prevalent.
The main causes of injury are a rapid increase in the volume of training (time or number of miles run per week) or the intensity of training (speed, hills, intervals) associated with a poor running technique. Altered running mechanics involving poor pelvis control, hip adduction and internal rotation can also cause abnormal forces in the leg, increasing tension in the iliotibial band and play a huge role in hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.
Consequently treatment isn’t always just targeted locally where it hurts. The key is understanding why it hurts. Strengthening exercises are often prescribed for the hip stabilisers to combat the effects of the poor hip and pelvis mechanics. It may include deep strengthening control of the trunk, propioception exercises to improve body awareness and nearly always eccentric strengthening exercises alongside controlled stretches of appropriate leg muscles.
The answer is a progressive approach and that’s where a thorough examination and assessment really comes into its own. With a knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of running we can unravel the underlying problems, treat them and give specific and customised guidance and advice on injury prevention, running techniques, strength and conditioning to prevent them from recurring.
Our approach is a multidisciplinary one. Our team of physiotherapists will help diagnose any injuries, identify the causes and deal with any biomechanical or fitness issues. We work closely with Lindsey Young our in-house biomechanical podiatrist who will video and asses your running technique, make any corrective adaptations necessary and advise on running shoes. It may be that you’ll benefit from some of our other services such as Pilates and yoga classes. Close working relationships with the instructors allows the communication of specific issues and goals to be discussed in advance in order to resume pre-injury function – if not better!