Running Injuries

Browse through our collection of blog posts about various running injuries, written by our osteopaths here at Balanced Osteopathy. We do our best to collate the research with our clinical experience of working with runners to give you useful advice to help you on your journey.

May 2, 2019

Bone stress injuries are a spectrum of injuries ranging from periostitis (inflammation of the periosteum), to stress fracture, to a full bone break. Read more >

March 26, 2019

Tendinopathy affects approximately 30% of runners and involves a combination of pain, swelling and decreased performance (Li & Hua 2016). Most commonly affected

December 14, 2018

Many runners that visit Balanced Osteopathy for the first time may have delayed booking their first appointment out of fear they'll be told to stop running.

November 5, 2018

We're approaching that time of year again, the autumn marathons are drawing to a close and everyone is starting to think about post Christmas training plans. If you're running London, Paris, Manchester, Brighton then you'll likely be kicking off with training late December, and we're here to help. The build up to April marathons is our busiest and favourite time of year at Balanced Osteopathy, and so we want to share a few tip...

January 26, 2017

As a runner it's incredibly important that you don't neglect strength training - at least one session a week should be scheduled into your training plan. Why? Because when we run regularly we get strong and dominant in a particular set of muscle groups, and usually this comes at the price of opposing muscle groups getting weak and inhibited. Regular strength training means that those muscles that are starting to get lazy from...

July 10, 2016

It's been cited that as much as 10% of the population will experience Plantar Fasciitis during their lifetime - 10%! And within what population do we see an even higher percentage? Amongst you runners out there. Plantar Fasciitis, or perhaps more correctly Plantar Fasciopathy (it just doesn't sound as catchy), is something I see very regularly as an Osteopath.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation, or more...

April 13, 2016

Kinesio tape is designed to be applied to skin with varying amounts of stretch to biomechanically decompress the tissue directly under it. The decompression is believed to have three main effects:

1) promote a reduction in swelling and improve the flow of blood into the area, thus bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the site which are required for healing. A good way to see this mechanism in action is by looking at the effect...

February 22, 2016

It's that time of year again, I'm seeing the injuries from London Marathon training come through the door! The weeks are ticking by, the weather is improving (wishful thinking?) and you guys are pounding the pavement. So I thought I'd write a quick blog post on the problems I see the most in the clinic as a result of upping the mileage, and share a few tips on how you can try to prevent some of these common injuries.

Groin stra...

September 21, 2015

The aim of stretching is to physically lengthen a muscle i.e. increasing the distance between the muscle's origin and insertion. When muscles have more length, they tend to have less tension, in other words they are less tight. Part of the stretching debate is whether stretching does actually physically improve our range of motion, or if the muscle has what we call an increased stretch tolerance, meaning it's just got used to...

August 5, 2015

Second only to lower back pain, knee pain is probably the thing I see and treat most often. Both acute and chronic knee problems can be quite debilitating and so often stop us from doing the activities we love.. running, cycling, yoga etc

The knee is quite a complex joint, and due to its position it is highly influenced by what's occurring at the hip and the foot/ankle. When the hip stabilisers aren't doing their job properly...

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