Running Functionally Flummoxed?

Getting that familiar ache late into your run? After sitting for an hour? Or is it the final ascent of the Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule/Lyon Tour de France stage that gets you?

You might be structurally stumped, biomechanically bewildered or functionally f***ed!

Let’s assume that our technique is as fantastic as Bradley Wiggin’s sideburns were, and that in every activity we use the ‘correct’ muscles, whether you’re desk jobbing or holding the gymnastic iron cross.

At a given point from seconds to hours, those muscles will begin to fatigue, it’s inevitable.
But don’t worry; other ‘cheating, compensatory’ muscles will come to your rescue.

These will get the job done, finishing the race or getting you through to lunch, without collapsing in a heap.

Gee whizz the body is just super eh!

Not quite. These adaptations will work, but by compromising function; letting that knee grind inwards, straining your shoulders forward or de-activating your glutes.

It’s likely that most of us aren’t technically ‘perfect’ as we’d assumed, so niggles could be due to originally poor form weakening further. Regardless, if it is happening consistently, then it’s time to start finding that weak link!

By pushing yourself to a limit (whether recreational or professional) you can find this weakness, and work on it no matter if it’s big and general or small and technical.

Find your functional flummox with Alex Horne Chiropractic.

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