Running can be a really rewarding sport, but it can also be hard on the body. If you want to excel and train hard, then you need to take care of yourself. One way to do a better job of that as a runner is to see a chiropractor for regular adjustments. Here are a few key reasons this is such a good idea for runners.

It keeps your hips and pelvis aligned.

Do you ever run on the side of the road? If so, you've probably noticed that that the sides of certain roads are slanted a bit. This is known as camber, and it is intended to help roads drain properly. However, it has the side effect of being pretty hard on runners' bodies. Run countless miles with one leg lower than the other, and you'll end up with a misaligned pelvis. This can lead to all sorts of overuse injuries, such as IT band syndrome and hip bursitis. A chiropractor can adjust your pelvis to keep it in alignment, which will go a long way towards preventing those injuries.

It keeps your stride loose and limber.

Do you ever feel tight through your back, and maybe even your neck? You may not realize it, but this affects your stride when running. When you're tight, you might take shorter strides or land harder on your feet. This is hard on your joints over time. A chiropractic adjustment will loosen up your back, which will allow you to travel more loosely and absorb shock with your joints properly. This will not only decrease your risk of injuries, but may lead to less general soreness after workouts. You may even find you're able to pick up the pace a little.

It helps you stretch effectively.

Stretching is really important for runners, and most don't stretch enough. But it's hard to do most stretches if your back is tight. A chiropractic adjustment will loosen up your back so that you can do your stretches more effectively. This will make it easier for you to develop a true, productive stretching routine that reduces your risk of injury and improves your performance as a runner.

Make an appointment with a chiropractor, and you'll soon experience the benefits above. Be sure to let the chiropractor know you're a runner. This may inform the way they treat you and the additional steps they take in your care