The body of a runner is subject to much wear and tear. The longer and faster the runs, the greater the wear and tear.
Our muscles take most of the wear and tear, which over time, can lead to muscle imbalance, pain and reduced running efficiency.
An example of muscle imbalance would be a weak gluteus medius resulting in overactivity of the gluteus maximus, tensor fasciae latae, and lateral quadriceps.
Muscle imbalance may lead to the development of patellofemoral pain syndrome, and possibly patellar tendinopathy. The overactive muscles themselves may also become painful due to the development of myofascial trigger points.
Reduced running efficiency is then likely. Elite triathlete coach Dr Phill Maffetone asserts that running with muscle imbalance can increase the heart rate while running by up to 5 beats per minute. Running may have to cease if pain levels are allowed to escalate.
My advice, and of most elite level coaches; get assessed and treated early. Better still, prevent problems by ensuring your body is properly prepared and then ‘serviced’ regularly.
Assessment includes careful and specific muscle palpation, tests of muscle and fascial mobility, muscle strength and activation tests as well as a full biomechanical analysis.
Treatment includes myofascial release, intramuscular electrical stimulation techniques, biofeedback, specific exercises as well a biomechanical correction using prescription orthotics as may be required.
To book an appointment with Simon Coghlan at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, please call us on 01 2834303.
In good health.