Athletic performance depends on not only how well muscles are trained but on the relationship of those muscles relative to each other and to the bones and joints. A common concern for many runners is a condition that may result from training call posterior chain weakness.

The posterior chain is a set of muscles that includes the lower back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Simply put, it is the chain of muscle on the posterior side of the body. Weakness does not imply pathological atrophy but should be thought of as relative. Training and a modern life of sitting makes the front of the legs (anterior) relatively more developed.

This imbalance can eventually cause health impacts and can reduce running performance. Chiropractic health care can assist. A patient with significant posterior chain weakness may exhibit hip and lower back misalignment with resulting lack of flexibility.

Treatment will start with a complete assessment. Much can be learned from simple observation of the patient’s movement. After assessment, a treatment goal will be established in conjunction with the goals of the patient. Treatment will restore structure and flexibility to the greatest extent possible, using standard chiropractic techniques.

Since the body should be balanced and should not have posterior chain weakness, the final step is maintenance. The critical issue is understanding how the condition arose and how to prevent it in the future. This may include stretching, strengthening exercises, periodic chiropractic care or some combination of these approaches.

All sports have muscles that are critical to success and which receive training focus. Working on the counterbalancing muscles may ultimately prove to be a competitive edge and will reduce the likelihood of serious injury and even future bodily damage. Chiropractic care can assist with this balance. Please contact us to learn more.