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Running - Strength and Flexibility is Important!

The whole world seems to be running during the lockdown, I even attempted some myself! Achilles Tendinitis, Hamstring Issues, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome, Stress Fracture, runners knee, are some of the injuries that you can pick up from running.

It is very important to maintain strength and flexibility to avoid any injuries, there is a lot of force that goes through the body whilst running, for example, a person weighing 150 pounds can experience forces of up to seven times their body weight or 1000 pounds. therefore the body needs to have strength and flexibility to deal with this force and avoid injury.

Basic exercises performed 2-3 times per week, for example, could consist of Squats, Deadlifts, Lunges, Push-ups, and Planks. Also maintaining a regular stretching routine which focusses on the areas that have worked during the exercise performed, for example, calves, legs (front and back), hips, and lower back.

Following this simple routine should keep you pain-free! If you need any further advice on exercise prescription KJ Therapies can help you with this doing an online consultation and then either write and send you a programme or do video sessions, contact us for further information. And we are open for Osteopathy appointments if you do pick up an injury, we would do an online or phone consultation first and then if appropriate book an appointment at our clinic.

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