Regular running can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, obesity, and premature ageing, and also promote muscular and skeletal health, and boost your mood. For some though, running can create some uncomfortable issues such as:
- Plantar Fascitis: where your instep/arch of the foot becomes strained, and inflammation causes arch and heel pain.
- Illiotibial band syndrome: where the band at the outside of the thigh becomes strained, and inflammation causes pain around the hip, outer thigh and/or side of knee.
- Achilles tendonitis: inflammation of the achilles, causing pain at the rear of the ankle.
- Piriformis Syndrome: where the piriformis muscle in the buttocks becomes tightened, and caused pain in the buttocks, and sometimes causes pain, numbness and tingling down the sciatic nerve.
- Shin splints: pain in the muscles in the front of the lower leg, often due to muscle strains
- Sciatica: compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, creating pain, tingling or numbness originating in the lower back, travelling down the back of the leg.
- Foot pain: pain in various parts of the foot, often due to an asymmetry in the body causing pressure or inflammation in a certain part of the foot.
- Runner’s knee: pain and often swelling around parts of the knee, again often due to asymmetry in another part of the body.
- Hip Pain: pain and sometimes inflammation, frequently due to pelvic imbalances.
Often, problems such as those above can be due to an imbalance in the pelvis, creating tight hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. These tight muscle groups can pull the pelvis forwards or to the side, which creates a shift in weight, meaning your posture causes more pressure on certain muscle groups and bones, leading to inflammation and pain. Another culprit may be down to one side of the PSOAS muscles being too tight. As the PSOAS muscles connect your body to your legs, it’s very important to keep these balanced, so they can help stabilise your spine, and help you maintain good posture.
The risk of such issues becoming a problem increase in people who are unfit or overweight, have had a previous injury or problem, and in those whose bodies are asymmetrical in some way. Bowen therapy can be helpful for people who have been previously injured, or need balancing, maintaining a healthy body for frequent runners. Regular Bowen treatments can help to reduce inflammation and help keep the body symmetrical. Bowen can help to relax tense muscles, help trigger non-firing muscles, and realign the body to allow a more even gait.
If you are training for a marathon, half marathon or mountain running challenge, it is a great idea to schedule in some Bowen treatments early on in your training, to make sure your body is in it’s best state for running. I also recommend a treatment a couple of days before a race, and the day after, or as close to. Clients who have followed this pre-race schedule have found their training picks up and practice times get better. Those who have run more than one race have reported that once including Bowen therapy in their training regime, they found that they ‘hit the wall’ much later than previously, and post-race recovery time was shorter and less painful too.
Whether you are planning on a Welsh or national Three Peaks Challenge, Snowdon, Conwy or Bangor half or full marathon, or a just as challenging for some 5k charity race – what have you got to lose? It is likely that Bowen therapy may help any issues you may have developed since starting running, and it may even improve your running too!
*Marathon, challenges and other race Bowen therapy packages available for a discounted rate. Get in touch for more information.