Acupuncture For Runners

Downtown Vancouver Acupuncture Treatment For Runners

acupuncture for runners vancouver jessica zerr acupuncturist downtown Jessica Zerr BKin, RAc, C. SMA (Registered Acupuncturist)

Acupuncture for Runners – 4 Ways Acupuncture Can Benefit Runners and Improve Performance

1) Acupuncture For Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome Many runners experience pain along the outside of their knee, especially long distance runners. This is because the Iliotibial band (IT Band) is overused it can become irritated and inflamed. Even though you may be feeling pain along the outer aspect of your knee there are several other factors to consider when treating a tight IT Band. Rolling your IT Band is only part of the solution. It’s also very important to consider:

  • Tight muscles – the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) and Gluteus Maximus
  • Weak muscles – the Gluteus Minimus
  • Mechanical Issues – including flat feet and leg length discrepancy

Acupuncture can help when it comes to treating the tight muscles and weak muscles that may be contributing to your tight IT Band. Each person is different, therefore it’s important to be properly assessed to determine what factors are contributing to your tight IT Band. To read more about how to treat this condition check out – So You’re Still Rolling Your IT Band

Electra Health Floor970 Burrard Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
Acupuncture Treatment For Runners Vancouver 604-685-4325 (HEAL)
YWCA535 Hornby Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 pm Saturday & Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

2) Acupuncture For Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome) Shin Splints or MTSS is commonly seen in those long distance runners who are pounding the pavement on a regular basis. The pain is located either in front of the tibia (shin) or directly behind the tibia. Shin splints are not specific to marathon runners. It can also occur in individuals who are wearing worn out shoes or footwear with very little support. Even just daily walking on a hard surface can cause shin splints due to overuse of the foot extensor muscles. Acupuncture is used to help to decrease the tension and inflammation in these muscles. Acupuncture is also paired well with massage for the treatment of shin splints. Using and roller and adding stretches will also be helpful in the treatment process. 3) Acupuncture For Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJD) Most patients come in complaining of low back pain that is a deep, dull ache. It’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint the pain because it wanders down the back of the leg or into the groin region. Sitting for long periods of time usually aggravates the condition and patients describe having to shift around a lot when they are seated. The SI Joint is often overlooked as a source of the pain, however it is very common. Runners and fitness enthusiasts alike will usually experience SI Joint Dysfunction at one point or another in their lifetime. There are a variety of causes and levels of severity, however in athletes the most common cause of SIJD is tight muscles. It usually occurs when runners or athletes start increasing their training and the onset is sudden. The hamstrings, glutes and piriformis muscles may all be involved. It is also commonly seen after a hike that involves a lot of downhill walking due to the eccentric contractions of the muscles. Acupuncture is very effective at treating this condition, by working directly on the SI Joint as well as releasing the tension in the surrounding muscles. Check out Lower Back Pain – Maybe It’s Your Sacroiliac Joint 4) Acupuncture Can Help Improve Athletic Performance Improving athletic performance with acupuncture is different for every athlete. Athletes are encouraged to come and try acupuncture well before their event, with acupuncture trials done before training events. The treatment can then be tailored to each athlete to determine what is best for them in regards to their body and sport. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective at improving muscle strength. Muscle weakness, muscles tension and mechanical issues will also be assessed. The greatest gains are made from the athlete’s personal training program, however acupuncture can be used to help athletes achieve their optimal performance.

Downtown Vancouver Acupuncture Treatment For Runners


Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
Acupuncture Treatment For Runners Vancouver 604-685-4325 (HEAL)
YWCA – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 pm Saturday & Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Downtown Vancouver Acupuncturist – Runners & Running Injuries

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