Running Assessment in Chelmsford, Essex
We are a well-established osteopathy and wellness clinic with expertise in running assessment, running gait analysis, running technique coaching and training to improve performance. Chris, our Principal Osteopath, has a passion for running and for helping others improve their running performance, as well as avoiding injury and treating injuries or aches and pains, if they occur.
- Do you have running injuries that are causing you pain or restricting your movement or ability to run?
- Do you feel that you could improve your running performance, but are not sure how?
- Do you want to find out how a running assessment and analysis of your gait and technique could significantly improve your performance?
- Are you preparing for a major running event and want help with your training plan and reaching your goals?
- Get in touch and we can tell you more about how a running assessment with Chris would help you.
- Information on our running assessment services
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The practitioners in our osteopathy clinic are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and have top level qualifications and experience
Whether you need to come to our clinic for emergency treatment, or just to have a chat or book an assessment, please call us on 01245 522360 and we will help you as best we can
Running problems and injuries
It has been estimated that about 60% of runners are injured every year while participating in various endurance sports. Being a high impact activity, running can cause various injuries and pain. However, if you stay alert to the signals from your body, you can easily recognise the symptoms of an impending injury and take care of it before it is too late. Generally, running injuries are caused by a combination of the following factors.
- Incorrect technique
- Bio-mechanical imbalance
- A change in training volume
The earlier you respond to the pain or soreness in the body, the better your chances of preventing the injury or aggravating it. The other way to look at it is the better your running technique, training and fitness, the better you can avoid injury.
1. Ankle Sprain
This condition develops when the ankle rolls in or outward and stretches the ligament and can cause some serious pain. This typically happens when you land on a tree root, potholes, uneven or loose surface.
2. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a type of inflammation or irritation that develops at the bottom of the foot because of tearing of the plantar fascia tissue on the bottom of the foot. The common characteristic of this condition is a sharp painful sensation at the base of the heel. This pain can be anywhere from annoying to debilitating, stopping you running completely. The problem is usually caused by overtraining or wearing unsuitable footwear while running. The treatment of this condition can involve the use of orthotics and stability shoes and insoles for plantar fasciitis can also help in eliminating the symptoms.
3. Runner’s Knee
This problem has several different causes and often occurs when the kneecap is out of alignment. As time goes by, the cartilage on the kneecap wears down due to excessive exercise. When this happens, you start feeling pain around the kneecap, particularly when running uphill, squatting or sitting with the knee bent for a long time.
4. Achilles tendinitis
This arises due to inflammation in the Achilles’ tendon. The Achilles’ tendon is the large tendon that attaches the calf to the back of the heel. This condition causes pain and stiffness in the area of the tendon. Adding too much distance to your running routine is the primary cause also the tight calf muscles also contribute to this pain.
5. Shin Splints
This nagging injury gives you an aching, stabbing pain in the shins. It occurs when the muscles and the tendons covering the shinbone become inflamed.
6. Stress fractures
These are small cracks that develop in the foot bones. They are caused by the force of landing while you run repeatedly impacting the bones.
There is a lot you can do to improve your running technique and training programme to avoid injuries like these and make sure you can enjoy your running or be ready for upcoming running events. A running assessment and discussion with one of our expert osteopaths would be a good start to this.