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Marathon Training: How Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care Can Help You Cross the Finosh Line.


Marathon training can take a toll on your body, leading to various injuries and discomforts. However, with the right support from physical therapy and chiropractic care, you can overcome these challenges and perform at your best on race day.

At Pittsburgh Phys Med, we understand the unique demands that marathon training places on your body. That's why we offer specialized services to help runners like you stay healthy, prevent injuries, and optimize performance. Let's explore some of the most common marathon-related injuries and how our expert team can assist you in overcoming them.

Common Marathon Injuries:

  1. IT Band Syndrome: IT band syndrome is a prevalent injury among runners, characterized by pain on the outer side of the knee. It occurs when the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs from the hip to the knee, becomes tight or inflamed due to overuse. Our physical therapists can provide targeted exercises and stretches to relieve tension in the IT band and restore proper biomechanics.

  2. Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is another common ailment experienced by runners, involving inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of the foot. This condition often presents as heel pain, making it difficult to run comfortably. Through chiropractic adjustments and manual therapy techniques, we can alleviate pressure on the affected area and promote healing.

  3. Lower Back Pain: Marathon training can put significant strain on the lower back, leading to discomfort and decreased performance. Our chiropractors specialize in spinal adjustments and corrective exercises to address misalignments and improve spinal function, reducing the risk of back pain during training and on race day.

  4. Muscle Tightness: Tight muscles can hinder your range of motion and increase the likelihood of injury during marathon training. Our team employs various modalities, such as massage therapy and myofascial release, to loosen tight muscles and improve flexibility, allowing you to move more efficiently while reducing the risk of strains and sprains.

How We Can Help:

At Pittsburgh Phys Med, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you're seeking relief from pain, improving mobility, or enhancing performance, our multidisciplinary approach combines physical therapy and chiropractic care to address the root cause of your concerns.

Scheduling an appointment with us is quick and convenient. Simply visit our website at and click on the "Book Now" button to access our online scheduling system. From there, you can choose a convenient appointment time and fill out our intake form to provide us with essential information about your health history and goals.

Don't let injuries derail your marathon training journey. With the support of Pittsburgh Phys Med, you can overcome obstacles, stay healthy, and achieve your running goals. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward crossing the finish line strong!

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional before beginning any new treatment or exercise program.

Dr. Justin Foltz Founder of Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and practicing chiropractor for over 12 years.

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