The Benefits of Training for Running with a Physical Therapist

Benefits of Training for Running

Running is a great physical activity to include as part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps improve your lung power, your cardiovascular health, your immune system and your mental health. However, it does take a toll on you physically, especially in the joints and muscles in your legs.

Working with a professional like those at Advent Physical Therapy can help you maintain your form to help prevent injury and keep you running. Our physical therapists are skilled in developing training methods for your running routine and developing strategies to help you avoid injuries.

How exactly does physical therapy help runners train?

Training varies on an individual basis. Factors like age, weight, health, medical history and personal goals must be weighed before developing a plan.

Your physical therapist will use the latest techniques and technology to monitor your gait. Measuring your gait helps your physical therapist determine the performance of your muscles and joints in each step you take.

With this information, your physical therapist can develop a routine that targets your specific muscles and joints that may be underperforming or are more prone to injury.

What kind of injuries are associated with running?

The physical therapists at Advent Physical Therapy can treat a variety of running-related injuries, including:

  • Knee pain
  • Groin pain
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle pain
  • Heel pain and more

What to do if you’ve been injured while running

Running injuries can occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. Either way, if you’ve been injured because of running, physical therapy can help. At Advent Physical therapy, your physical therapist will work personally with you to develop a treatment aimed at helping you reach your recovery goals.

As much as you hate to do it, you’re most likely going to have to take a break from running while you recover. Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, your treatment may include the following:

  • Stretching and exercising to build up strength and flexibility, which can help prevent future injuries
  • Balancing
  • Massaging
  • Icing and heating

Contact Advent Physical Therapy for runners training

Maintaining a professionally guided running routine should help prevent injury from developing, but injury can be unpredictable. If you’ve been hurt while running or if you’re looking to develop a routine to prevent running injury, contact us today to schedule an appointment.