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Racing and Feeling Great

Racing and Feeling Great

I love to run. But running can be challenging on the body and can lead to stubborn injuries that won’t disappear.  In the past, my running speeds were always determined by old injuries.  Whether a knee or a foot or a back.  This makes it frustrating to race as you always feel that you weren’t able to compete at your best.

Fortunately, I have a great team of health professionals in Mississauga that were able to help me race injury free!  The limiting factor in my most recent race, the Sulphur Springs Trail race, was my fuel and not a knee, foot, or my back!  Thank you to all those that helped me lead up to this race:

Our foot specialist Kiran helped me recover from a foot injury from a previous race in April.
Our Massage therapist Sandra helped me keep my ITB (IT band) moving well.
Our Naturopaths Kirsten and Tiffany helped me with my recovery times!
My Chiropractors kept my spine and nerves on point and recovering quickly!
And my family, for allowing me to run during nap time!

At this trail race in Ancaster, there were people running this 20 Km loop 4 times, 8 times, and 16 times!  The amount of effort that this required is incredible and it was impressive to run on the course with them.  As you can imagine, healing time is incredibly important for the training and racing for these competitors.

If you are competing or racing in Mississauga and need a team of health professionals to compete at your best, we are here to help!

Looking forward to the next race,

Dr. Callum Peever

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Changing Your Running Gait Chiropractor’s Perspective

A chiropractic patient of mine in Mississauga knows that I love to run and work with runners so she often brings me in great running articles from the newspaper to read.  She recently brought one in to my Chiropractic office during one of her appointments titled, “Learn to change your gait”.  It was great to see that the article highlighted information from one of my Chiropractic colleagues from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto – Dr. Kris Sheppard.  The article highlighted 4 tips to change your running gait and I have added my thoughts from a sports Chiropractic perspective.

The tips  to change your running gait were:

1. “Have someone film you run. See if your feet roll in or out and where they land relative to your mid-line”

This is easily done now with a treadmill and a friend with a smart phone.  Look for symmetry in your running gait at both your feet, knees, legs, hips, and arms.  It is quite easy to spot a poor running gait that can lead to a running injury if you take the time to look.  Also pay attention to how hard your feet hit the ground, and how they hit the ground – which another Globe and Mail article titled, “Watch how your foot lands while running,” discussed.

A Chiropractic exam is another great way to see how your body moves and functions.  When I analyse patients through Chiropractic tests I am able to see how their body mechanics are moving and where they are restricted.  The restricted biomechanics that are impacting the body’s function are called a vertebral subluxation, and can be a reason why a person has a particular running gait.

2. “As you run, pick your foot up above your opposite ankle every time you bring your leg forward. Pick up your knees, as if you are marching. The faster you are running, the higher the march”

I constantly play with different gait games such as the one mentioned above.  The one I enjoy the most is moving my head slightly forward to its position during my usual running gait.  This changes the mechanics of my running to the point that the joints and muscles are loaded and used differently.

3. “Try this drill: briefly run with your hands on your head, then bring your arms down and quickly pump them and then run normally.  Your running gait will improve as your upper body form improves.”

Don’t only focus on your feet and legs during your running.  It is important to change your focus regularly to ensure that your running gait is effective from head to toe.  As is mentioned in point 3, your upper body motion greatly impacts how well you will run – don’t ignore it.

4. “Avoid injuries by phasing in your new running style slowly. Start by attempting your new gait for the first 30 seconds of every five- minute chunk of running.”

Definitely don’t try something new and overdo it.  Your body has an amazing ability to adapt thanks to the nervous system, but it needs time to learn and re-wire.  The structures need time to adapt to the new challenges as well.  And in order to avoid running injuries, you have to listen and respect your body!

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