Usually the injuries we see in runners are as a result of overload. Most of our bodies are pretty efficient at healing our bones, joints or muscles when they have been loaded a bit too much. Recovery then allows the structures to adapt to the stress and become stronger, so that increasing the amount of load or stress over a period of time will enable you to increase distance and speed without injury. However, loading the tissues at a greater rate than they can repair, leads to failure and injury. There is a fine balance that needs to be achieved between loading to increase strength and endurance, and overload that leads to breakdown. It often takes runners a while to find this balance. We also need to consider the chronic load our body is used to when starting to increase distance or speed. The main reason runners get injured is that they don’t allow their bodies’ sufficient time to adapt to their load before they increase it.
Physios are the perfect people to help you determine the safe load for you and the safe progression. We at Janet Brandt-Sarif Physiotherapy also teach you how to gradually address changes in technique if it is needed. We are able to assess your running or walking patterns to uncover the reasons for your injury. We can then help you return to function or achieve your personal fitness goals by not only treating the structure that is “hurting”, but address the reason for the problem……a long term solution.
Posture, strength deficits and flexibility issues can all cause problems and assessing you doing your desired activity is how our physios at Janet Brandt-Sarif Physiotherapy are able to then address your deficits and help you reach your goals. We give you exercises and advice on technique and empower you to be in control of preventing further injury and improving your technique.
Remember injury comes from overload – TOO MUCH LOADING, TOO SOON BEFORE ADAPTATION HAS OCCURED, OR TOO QUICK A CHANGE IN TECHNIQUE.
If injury is what has been holding you back from starting your fitness regime, PHYSIO is the way to get the best advice and plan for managing your injury and getting you on the road to recovery.