Prehab with a little baby ART

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I have the best chiropractor in the world. ❤️ She is not only a badass ultra runner and mom of two kids, but she lets me bring Cadence to my sessions and keeps her entertained. 😍 I do daycare drop off and pick up, which means if I’m not sitting at a desk, I have a baby with me (fine by me!). 👶 Today is a recovery day, and I took advantage of a little ART and adjustment to my ankle in preparation for my race on Sunday. 🙌 I’d much rather invest in maintenance than injury recovery! 🏃‍♀️ #recoveryday #marathontraining #taperweek #maintenance #chiropractor #bestlittletrainingbuddy #21monthsold #motherrunner #womenrunning #womensrunningcommunity

I spend a lot of time (and money) pre-habing, but this approach has kept me relatively injury free for a while now. It’s hard to know when a niggle will just go away on it’s own versus turning into something bigger and more tragic. I asked my PT last week if she thought I was needing to see her too much, and she assured me that I am one of her less frequent patients and that given my level of running, maintenance is expected. So… I don’t feel too guilty that I had a chiro appointment today to work on my shins, calves, and ankle.

My chiropractor primarily applied the active release technique (ART) to my leg(s) and helped loosen up my ankle. It’s got to be effective because it sure does hurt! It feels like a really deep massage to the tissues, but there is no way that I could achieve that kind of deep tissue movement by just rolling. I am so thankful to have a chiropractor who understands runners and who I trust to keep me healthy.  A good explanation of ART can be found at the bottom of this site. It’s crazy that these practitioners are skilled enough to know what’s going on under the surface just by feel!

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What’s your favorite method of pre-hab?

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