Chiropractic Care for Runners

Olympia, WA Sports Wellness Care

If you're like over 53 million other Americans, running is your sport of choice. And whether you hit the trails, hills, treadmill, or any other surface indoors or out, research shows that you can gain some advantages simply by engaging in regular chiropractic care. Dr. Don Lathrop works with many runners in our Olympia, WA chiropractic office, and the scientific literature on chiropractic affirms that we see with our patients.

For instance, one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that chiropractic has a positive effect on hip joint extension, ultimately allowing you to run faster because you're able to create more of a downward force against the ground. This means that your performance speeds will likely increase which can help tremendously if you run in timed events such as 5k's or marathons and are trying to secure the win.

Plus, most elite athletes recognize the advantages of chiropractic care, so even our world's finest competitors realize the benefits this type of treatment offers. For example, Olympic-level runners such as Usain Bolt, Meb Keflezighi, Marla Runyan, and Alicia Shay have made chiropractic care part of their regular training regimen.

Of course, even if you're only competing against yourself and not involved in any type of formal running events, running with proper from is necessary in order to avoid any related injuries to your back or lower extremities. Getting regular adjustments from Dr. Don Lathrop can help you on a preventative level so you aren't sidelined with a sprain or strain that could have been avoided.

Whether you're new to running or have been doing it for ages, chiropractic can help boost your performance and protect you from injuries. Either way, you win.

Let us help keep you moving. Give Dr. Don Lathrop a call today at (360) 352-2488 here in our Olympia, WA office.


Sandell J, Palmgren PJ, Björndahl L. Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008;7(2):39-47.