Activity, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief

How Postural Restoration can help you as a runner

Do you get fatigue in certain areas of your body at a particular time in your run and you can’t make it better? Do you get pain after a few miles in your knee or foot? Are you having difficulty increasing your miles in general? Do you just want to know how you can be better and faster?! Hear me out!

Postural Restoration principles are all about our symmetry, or asymmetry really. You see, we have a heart on the left side of our diaphragm pushing it down and a liver under our right side of our other diaphragm pushing it up. So, our two diaphragms are very different from one another. The left side is flatter, which the right side is domed. This creates asymmetry at our spine, causing slight rotation to the right.

Okay, so why should you care? This asymmetrical orientation causes a chain reaction through our pelvis which makes us typically more right foot dominant (stronger right heel striker). Occasionally, someone can develop a pattern over a pattern and have a harder left heel strike, but that’s a whole other rant for another day.

If you run a lot, you can develop a heavy right-sided pattern, meaning you use certain muscles more than others in your legs. For example, a strong right heel striker may have more shin splints on that side, more adductor tightness/pain and/or more hamstring tightness. The left leg may have a weaker adductor, painful left hamstring (due to weakness), and/or more IT Band tightness. Just an observation I’ve seen in some runners over the years. Again, depending on how your body patterns itself will cause your loading issues to vary.

Postural Restoration assessments find those faulty movement patterns. I look at your diaphragm and pelvis positions and check out those asymmetries. By addressing your muscle imbalances, your weight distribution and load on your joints, your left-sided pattern will become more equal to your right. This creates more power with every strike, and not just on one side. This creates equal stride length and pelvis rotation, which will prevent one area from fatiguing. This will improve diaphragm function, improving your breathing and distance.

When all your joints are working together and not just half of them, your system will work as a whole. There is no such thing as “perfect symmetry” because our organs just simply won’t allow it. But the closer you can get to it, the more efficient your body will move and the better you will perform

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To learn more about the Postural Restoration Center, visit http://www.posturalrestoration.com

To learn more about postural assessments provided at Joint Effort, click here!

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