Interviews Practical Advice Sports Treatment

Chiropractic Care for Runners: Info and Advice from an Expert!

I’m a sports treatment junkie. It’s true – the more treatment I get, the more I want!  From physiotherapists to massage therapists to neuromuscular skeletal specialists, I want them all. I love learning more about how my body works, where the trouble spots are, and how I can make it work better. Living in Afghanistan I have realized how much I miss having access to my extended team of miracle workers in New York, London, Vancouver, and of course back home in Ontario.  In addition to the fully-stocked fridge and unlimited wine supply, one of the best benefits of visiting my parents in Kingston, Ontario is that I get to pop in to see Dr. Peter Pain, chiropractor extraordinaire at the Live Well Centre, to put my abused running body back in working order.

Before I left Canada for my Afghan Adventure, I asked Dr. Pain (yes, I know, ironic name for a chiro but he should really be called Dr. Awesome) for a crack good enough to last me for an entire year. Tall order, but I have to say, almost three months in and going strong!

I asked Dr. Pain if he would do an interview for my blog because I think it is SO important to have all of the information at hand about what kind of treatment is out there – whether you’re a runner or not.  Dr. Pain answers some key questions I had about what chiropractic care is all about – read on!!

Dr. Peter Pain, BSCH, DC at the Live Well Center

Ultra Runner Girl: What are the most common problems you see in runners?

Dr. Peter Pain:  The most common injuries we see in runners are related to the foot and lower leg, such as shin splints, knee conditions and foot pain, followed by hip and spine injuries.  Most injuries will be related to simple over-stressing the supportive tissues. The muscles, tendons, fasia and ligaments, especially if they are inadequately supported.  This means it is important to look at the structures that support proper running biomechanics, both intrinsically (your own muscles and joints) along with the types of footwear you are using.

Think about a car that has the proper supporting undercarriage and struts.  This is what your lower body needs to absorb the shock and impact of running while giving you the power to propel you forward.  The proper strength and mobility is crucial to support the repeated demands of running.

Along with adequate leg strength, we also have to look at the runner as a whole. The central part that stabilizes the whole body that many runners are deficient in is the core.  These are the muscles that stabilize our body.  Without a properly firing core, it is hard for any body part to work properly.  Think about trying to fire a canon from a canoe, versus a massive ship to absorb the impact.  The loads on the extremities have to be stabilized and distributed properly through out the body to ensure adequate and normal compensation patterns are followed.

The next major issues to think about are the surfaces you are running on, and the training schedule to ensure adequate rest and recovery.  Even with the right mechanics, if you are running in extremely stressful conditions without the rest your body needs, eventually we will see injuries.  The key here is to train the body properly to handle these conditions and to minimize the risk.

Ultra Runner Girl: (mentally taking note of the fact that Dr. Pain is advocating for adequate rest…. hmmmm…..) So, okay, Dr. Pain, I come to see you every time I’m visiting my parents, but how often should a runner ideally see a chiropractor?  Only when experiencing pain or on a more regular basis?

Dr. Peter Pain: An active athlete should definitely see a chiropractor any time there is pain, muscle imbalance or joint restriction.  This may sometimes be felt in a runner as just not being smooth, or something is not quite right, as a more experienced runners develops an innate sense for how their body should feel.  There is usually a poor compensation pattern or imbalance before the outright signs of an injury, and for this reason, it is often a good idea to be assessed by a chiropractor every 2 to 6 weeks during high training periods for prevention.

Ultra Runner Girl:   Cool. How do you feel about flying out to Kabul every 2 to 6 weeks then?  Afghanistan is LOVELY this time of year!

Dr. Peter Pain: (Silence)

Ultra Runner Girl: Okay, fine, moving on.  What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

Dr. Peter Pain:  Chiropractic simply helps with keeping the body moving efficiently, to ease the mechanical loads and stress on the body, whether it is a marathon you are training for or simply everyday repeated movements.  A trained and experienced chiropractor can also help determine the likelihood of a future injury by identifying muscle imbalances or joint restrictions.  These lead to more physical wear and tear on the body, will produce compensations which may be harmful in the long term and eventually an injury.

Ultra Runner Girl: Is there any danger of going to a chiropractor?

Dr. Peter Pain: As with visiting any health practitioner, there is a risk of inappropriate treatment being used instead of the right treatment in a misdiagnosis.  Again, this can happen in any profession, so be sure to research who you choose to see, to get the right diagnosis and the fastest resolution.

Ultra Runner Girl: What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?  Is there a need to see both?

Dr. Peter Pain: There are a few similarities, sometimes some overlap, but also a few differences.    In my view, a physiotherapist will typically treat damaged tissues, primarily using modalities and exercises, while a chiropractor will look at function and screen for injury prevention.  Physiotherapists are best used when treating damaged tissues in extremities, ie complete muscle tears, joint sprains.  A chiropractor is most capable at treating spine-related injures and nerve related problems.  Often times you will get one professional doing both, but  be wary of a jack of all trades and master on  none.  If there is definite injury and tissue damage involving an extremity (knee), seeing a physio will help decrease the recovery time, while seeing a chiropractor will help the injury from re-curing in the first place.

Ultra Runner Girl: What general tips do you have for runners?

Dr. Peter Pain: There would be three key tips for runners.

The biggest issue we see in runners is balancing their training schedule to include some core stability and mobility work.  As said before, any limited joint function will cause compensation and eventually can injure.  Many athletes can adapt, but to ensure a long career that is healthy, make sure you are balancing out the running with things like yoga, pilates, or simply some stretching and core work.

The next is to always remember your form and include good posture when running.  This will minimize stress to your body, reducing fatigue and wear and tear.

The last is to make sure you follow a training schedule that builds milage and speed in a logical way.  It takes time and training to to be able to run big distances.  Break down your training into small goals using a calendar that extends far out.  We want to avoid over-training which can cause a nagging injury as the projected race day nears.

Ultra Runner Girl: I usually run to and from your office when I come in for an adjustment.  Is it okay to exercise after getting an adjustment from a chiropractor?

Dr. Peter Pain: Exercising right after an adjustment is actually a great time to exercise, as it will re-enforce the right motor pattern.  Think of the adjustment as a re-boot on your body’s musculoskeletal software system.  After you reboot your body, you want to reload the proper software by training lightly.  Keep the exercise light to moderate, ensuring proper technique and form.  You don’t want to exercise to the point of fatigue, just enough to get the body used to working with the new mechanics.  This lays the ground for continued neuro-communication, and re-enforces the proper patterns.  Thus the right firing pattern of your joints and muscles takes over, avoiding the faulty mechanics.  It also just feels great as your body just works more efficiently!

Ultra Runner Girl: Thanks Dr. Pain!!! So you’ll think about that offer to come out to Kabul every 2 to 6 weeks?

Dr. Peter Pain: I think I hear a patient calling…. Gotta run!

For more info on Dr. Pain and his practice, click here!

Dr. Peter Pain completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University with an Honors BSc. in Life Sciences, and his Chiropractic Doctorate at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1997.

In 1989-1992, Dr. Pain was a member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels Football team, winning the National Championship Vanier Cup in 1992. The rigors of playing and competing in football also led Dr. Pain to chiropractic.

Dr. Pain worked as a certified Personal trainer with The Sports Clubs of Canada in Toronto for 4 years while attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  He has continued to expand and maintain his expertise in sports injuries, exercise and fitness over the years with many courses. This includes meeting and learning from the world’s most highly regarded experts, including courses taught by Paul ChekPaul GagneStu McGillArnold Swarchenegger, Tudor Bhompa and many others inside the world of sports injuries and fitness.

This education and experience has given Dr. Pain the honour of being able to work with many athletes at all levels, including professional football and hockey players, Olympic athletes, provincial and national amateur athletes as well as the Weekend Warrior.

In addition, Dr. Pain enjoys running marathons and triathlons,cross-fit training, cross-country skiing and his latest passion, kite-surfing!

Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Pain will continue to attend post graduate courses in sports injuries, nutrition, pediatrics, whiplash, personal injuries and health and fitness.  Dr. Pain promises to always give you the excellent care that he is trained to within his scope of practice.

45 comments on “Chiropractic Care for Runners: Info and Advice from an Expert!

  1. Great article!! Hopefully Dr. Pain will make the trip to Kabul for you. 😉
    Interesting to see you also admitted that Ontario is your home base… always thought you claimed your hometown was Vancouver!

    • Yes, well, I tried to distinguish that Kingston was where my PARENTS are… I still claim I should have been birthed in Vancouver. It will remain my ‘hometown’ on Facebook, so that’s pretty much official 😀


      • Fair enough… but I quote, “Living in Afghanistan I have realized how much I miss having access to my extended team of miracle workers in New York, London, Vancouver, and of course back home in Ontario.” 😛

      • ya ya… i stand behind vancouver.


  2. This was very useful, especially the advice about the right category of exercise immeadiately following an adjustment. Thanks for conducting the interview, Stephanie! Hope all is well and stay safe!

  3. Very helpful, particularly because I just started seeing a chiropractor about a month ago. It has made all the difference in the world!

  4. Thank you for this interview. I e-mailed Dr. Pain with a few questions. Hopefully he will reply. I am seeing a chiropractor now but he is telling me I should not run more than 2-3 miles at a time since my adjustments are getting ruined every time I run, causing 18 hour long headaches after a long run or strenuous 5K. I am training for the Chicago Marathon (Oct 2013) and I can’t quit now! You can’t tell a runner to stop running. 😦 I am just devastated that I may have to stop running! UGH!

  5. Huntington Beach Chiropractor diagnose encompass fracture, nerve problems, tumor, implant issues and serious injuries. Recognized as a health care profession, chiropractic care is effective treatment to dwindle acute back pains. It is suitable and beneficial to folks who wish to maintain healthy spine for protracted time..

  6. That is very attention-grabbing, You are an overly skilled blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and sit up for in the hunt for more of
    your great post. Also, I have shared your website in my social

  7. Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my blog so i came to go back the choose?.I’m trying to to find things to improve my web site!I assume its ok to make use of some of your ideas!!

  8. Pingback: Running & Chiropractic Care    - Hart Family Chiropractic - Chiropractor Atascadero, CA

  9. Pingback: Tips On How To Minimize Extreme Back Pain | Ergonomic Desk Chair: Defeating Back Pain

  10. Pingback: All The Tips You Need For High quality Chiropractic Care! | Columbus Ohio Chiropractic

  11. Pingback: Have Inquiries Concerning Chiropractic care Care? Get Your Answers Below | Best Guidelines Decrease Back Ache Relief

  12. Pingback: What You Need to Learn about Chiropractors | Heel Pain – (Plantar Fasciitis)

  13. Pingback: Excellent Tips On How To Cope with Pain in the back – Wear High Heel Dress Shoes With Minimal Foot Pain

  14. Pingback: The very best Guide On The best ways to Do away with Back Pain – Back Heartbreak? Blame Your Smartphone

  15. Pingback: End up being Knowledgable About Chiropractic Care By Reading This | Neck Pain Las Vegas - Chiropractic Pain Clinic

  16. Pingback: Looking for Excellent Chiropractic care Care? Attempt These Tips! | Must Know Remedies Regarding How To Remove Of Spine . Pain

  17. Pingback: Correct Your Life With These Chiropractic care Treatment Tips | Let A Lawrenceville Chiropractor Help 7 Ways Preserve Your Back

  18. Pingback: Struggle with Back Pain? Below’s Some Terrific Suggestions | Altamonte Springs Pain Clinic Announces Free Consultation: 407-647-2009

  19. Pingback: Whatever You Have Always Wanted To Know About Chiropractic Treatment – 5 Attributes Of Chiropractic Marketing – Always Read The "Fine" Print

  20. Pingback: All The Chiropractic care Treatment Suggestions That a person Have to Know | Understanding Pain In The Base Back

  21. Pingback: Suggestions On Handling And also Dealing with Neck and back pain – Back Pain And Surgery

  22. Pingback: Tips On Ways To Get Around Neck And Back Pain | Reviews – Redness Of Stress And Anxiety Avai Vith Chiropractic

  23. Pingback: Chiropractic Care – What You Should Know | What You Need To About Chiropractic Landing Pages

  24. Pingback: Ways To Make Your Day To Day Back Discomfort Less Agonizing | Reviews – Redness Of Stress And Anxiety Avai Vith Chiropractic

  25. Pingback: If You’re Going To The Chiropractor, Read This First! | Reviews – Redness Of Stress And Anxiety Avai Vith Chiropractic

  26. Pingback: What You Absolutely Have To Find out about Chiropractic Treatment – 5 Attributes Of Chiropractic Marketing – Always Read The "Fine" Print

  27. Pingback: Wish to know Regarding Chiropractic care Care? Read This | Altamonte Springs Pain Clinic Announces Free Consultation: 407-647-2009

  28. Pingback: How To Select Chiropractic Care That’s Right For You – Back Pain And Surgery

  29. Pingback: Practical Suggestions For Handling Discomfort In Your Back | Chiropractor Treatments Which Work

  30. Pingback: Techniques On Ways to Effectively Take care of Back Pain | Easy The Way To Relieve Pinched Sciatic Nerve Or Lumbar Pain

  31. Pingback: Tips That Will Make Your Back Say “Ahhh!” | Chiropractic - 5 Easy Stretches For Sciatica

  32. Pingback: Terrific Tips On How you can Minimize Your Back Pain | Chiropractic Doctor In Ballwin Helps Correct Poor Posture In Children

  33. Pingback: Unpleasant? Considering A Chiropractic Specialist? Take A Look At These Leading Tips First! – Back Pain And Surgery

  34. Pingback: Chiropractic Care Is Easy To Obtain Suggestions About | Chiropractic - An Adjustment In Your Game

  35. Pingback: The Greatest Chiropractic Care Suggestions Out There – 5 Attributes Of Chiropractic Marketing – Always Read The "Fine" Print

  36. Pingback: Tips To Help Stop Pain in the back Experiencing | Family Chiropractic And Financial Success Come Together!

  37. Pingback: Ideal Practices For Locating The Suitable Chiropractic specialist | Chiropractic - 5 Easy Stretches For Sciatica

  38. Most of my patients are athletes and yes, they do need constant check up in order to make sure that their body is in its most optimum state. This is a great write up you have here! Would love to read more from you.

  39. This is some really good information about how a chiropractor can help runners. It is good to know that they can lessen the stress on your body. That is good to know because my brother has been having a lot of issues with injuries that have been preventing him from running a lot lately. Hopefully, a chiropractor can help him get back to running.

  40. Thanks for the heads up that a runner has a higher risk of shin splints, knee conditions, and foot pain aside from hip and spine injuries. If I experienced scoliosis while training for a marathon, what I would do is to visit a local foot doctor to have braces fitted for my feet. Doing this will help me restore my range of motion and protect it from further injury.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: