Runners require specialist care. Common problems facing runners can include anterior knee pain resulting in pain on ascending or descending inclines or hills, achilles and patella tendonitis, often the results of poor biomechanics, ITB friction, stress fractures and plantar fascitis which results in pain and stiffness on the sole of the foot.
Research completed by former Socceroos, Olympic Team and APA Sports Physiotherapist Peter Georgilopoulos looking at the relationship between low back stiffness and its effect on hamstring flexibility has demonstrated that mobilising (loosening) the joints of the lumbar spine results in significant improvement in hamstring flexibility when sustained for a 3 minute period compared to a similar group who did not show any significant change following sustained hamstring stretching for an equal amount of time.
Runners who report ongoing hamstring (or groin) tightness and the varied overuse injuries that can result , many of which are listed above, may well benefit from appropriate early physiotherapy intervention.
Spine + Body is open 6 days so that runners can “Enjoy Life Without Pain”. Call us for an appointment on 07 5531 6422