Why does Running Hurt ME!!

Running injuries are commonly attributed to faulty biomechanics, errors in training methods and too much mileage. Low Back and Glute pain plagues many of our incoming patients, but at Performance Chiropractic in South Edmonton we treat the pain directly at the source to eliminate it quickly.

Dr. Lemieux has been treating and helping runners overcome problems with the advice below. Enjoy


Faulty training techniques such as the rapid buildup of mileage, running on worn-out shoes, or ignoring our body’s messages and continuing to run through pain. Although these important aspects of a running program should be addressed, runners should also consider the cumulative effects that thousand of repetitive motions have on their bodies.

Even with good biomechanics and excellent training, runners are always exposed to a considerable amount of cumulative trauma.

Many runners push themselves over their limits and then pay the price with either an injury or inflammation of soft tissues. These injuries can be debilitating and result in reduced ability to conduct any physical activities. Traditional treatment techniques often require months to fully resolve injuries to soft tissue.

About Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries to soft tissue result in inflammation and swelling of the tissue. The body responds to this inflammation by laying down scar tissue in an attempt to stabilize the affected area.
This scar tissue restricts motion, reduces circulation and causes ongoing friction and pressure, and usually results in the production of more cross fibers and adhesions. Effective treatment of soft tissue injuries requires an alteration in tissue structure by breaking up cross-fiber adhesions and restoring normal function to the soft tissue. This process substantially increases healing, treats the root cause of the injury, and improves running performance.

Treating Soft Tissue Injuries

In our practice, working with a broad range of soft tissue injuries, we have discovered that Active Release Technique and Graston soft tissue mobilization to be most effective method for breaking the restrictions formed during running.

How ART and Graston Works

During the ART procedure, you are often formulating your diagnosis and performing your treatment at the same time. Practitioners must consider tissue texture, tissue tension, tissue movement, and tissue function. Each of these factors can cause the doctor to greatly alter your treatment.

Once we have identified the specific entrapment site, and has the lesion (scar tissue/adhesion) under specific contact with his/her hand, the Doctor takes the tissue from a shortened to a fully elongated position, while moving longitudinally along the soft tissue fibers. We also use the Graston tools to assess and treat the area of concern. Graston Technique is a soft tissue mobilization tool in which can find and treat scar tissue at the same time.

How to Use ART and Graston to Treat Running Injuries

At our clinic we have used ART and Graston Technique to effectively treat most common injuries by runners including: Plantar Fascitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Runner’s Knee/Iliotibial Band Syndrome, shin splints, and back pain.

With ART and Graston, adhesions are broken apart and proper length to the tissue is established allowing proper motion in the injured area. As a result proper running biomechanics can now be attained.
Active Release Technique is the most effective form of therapy I have seen or used for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and for the improvement of running performance.

If you suffer from running injuries let us help you out.

Dr. James Lemieux is a full body certified A.R.T. practitioner and Advanced Graston Provider.