7 Signs That You Need to See a Chiropractor for Your Neck Pain
Everyone gets a stiff neck once and awhile. It might happen first thing in the morning after a bad nights sleep, or it might be at the end of a long stressful workday. If you are battling to turn you..
Running Injuries Bad Training Or Bad Biomechanics? Top Running Problems Revealed and Resolved!
In the October issue of Channel Magazine Dr Cherye looks at the best way to stay injury free when running
Post Injury – When Is It Safe To Get A Massage?
Getting back to your injury-free state can be easy when you understand the healing process and learn what to do
Can Acupuncture Help Treat Your Running Injury?
The largest clinical study of acupuncture ever conducted was published in the December 2004 Annuals of Internal Medicine and found acupuncture to significantly reduce and improve function in patients .
5 Ways Acupuncture Can Fix Your Health Problems -
Mens Health Magazine Article How acupuncture works may be unclear, but the benefits stick out. Research shows that this ancient therapy can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments, from back pain and sciatica to ...
Infertility in men may decrease with acupuncture
Male partners are the cause in approximately 40-50% of fertility problems. Research has shown that acupuncture improves sperm production and quality.
Boost your “flu-fighter” with Chiropractic care
Your body has the best “flu-fighter” ever - naturally built into it! The Chiropractors at Pure Healthcare in Albany NZ, are reaching out to our community to help in the fight against “the flu” an...
Top 5 tips to improve asthma
Many kiwis are affected by this chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), also known as asthma. But there are things you can do to improve your asthma. Below are the top 5 tips on how to improve ..
Is your posture causing your headache / migraine?
Dr Cherye Roche – doctor of Chiroprctic and clinic director at pure healthcare in Albany, shares her insights from over 20 years of clinical and academic experience in the treatment headaches, and th..
6 steps to beating Acne
Most of us, except for the occasional lucky sods, suffer from hormonal acne at some point in our lives. Young males are the common victims during their teenage years due to the hormonal roller coaster...
Get Relief from a stiff neck
Constant stiffness and aches in the neck can make life challenging, whether it be affecting your work and hobbies, or quite simply the way you function on a day to day basis. Massage therapy has prove...
Getting moving after whiplash
The severity of the whiplash injury does not always correlate to the degree of injury, even a minor whiplash type injury can result in severe symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
You probably think it’s strange for a chiropractor to be writing about carpal tunnel syndrome, as you think they “only deal with the spine”. In my extensive training to become a doctor of chiroprac..
Poor breathing habits and chronic neck pain
Breathing is the most basic and yet arguably the most vital act that our body needs to perform in order to stay alive. If done poorly, it may lead to neck pain, and ultimately a headache.
Reduce Menopausal Hot Flushes with Acupuncture
Are you or a loved one going through menopause and can’t take the heat? Studies show acupuncture may be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during meno...
How a post-ride rubdown can improve your recovery as well as your circulation
After a long and hard training ride on the saddle, you can’t deny the fact that your muscles will feel tight, tense and taut. Before you know it, an achy lower back may lead to a tight hip, causing t..
A Sports Chiropractor’s take on Bike set-up Biomechanics
Dr. Jason Berry, a Sports Chiropractor at Pure Healthcare in Albany, wants to help you ride faster and stronger. Having the right bike set up is critical to be in efficient and injury free on your bi...
Are you at risk for Osteoporosis?
15% of women and 3% of men over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis. Bone degeneration and subsequent loss of height, due to osteoporosis was accepted as a normal part of ageing but that doesn't ha...
Increase your chance of conception
Seeing an acupuncturist as the first step in infertility treatments could save time, energy and cost
Looking for a Change? March 11th is “Change Day NZ”
From the Change Day NZ website: “Change Day is a time when we can all come together to help improve the healthcare experience for everyone. We’re inviting you to become a change-maker and make a di..
Pregnancy Fatigue
Top Tips to experience a Healthy Pregnancy with less fatigue, discomfort and distress. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy removes interference to the mother's nervous system, enhancing baby dev...

You are here:Resources >> Useful articles

Search by Keyword

Browse by Topic

Useful Articles

Running Injuries Bad Training Or Bad Biomechanics? Top Running Problems Revealed and Resolved!
The best way to stay injury free is to train properly, eat right, and keep the body in balance and alignment. Prevention is the best way to avoid injuries that can halt your training very quickly. If you are experiencing any of the common running injuries, you will recognize one of the conditions on this list. These questions take a look at running injuries from ‘outside the box’.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Why would you have ACHILLES TENDONOSIS in just one tendon? (Or one is worse than the other – both legs ran the same distance, in the same shoes, right?)
  2. If your PLANTAR FASCIITIS (heel pain or foot arch pain) was due to your running, why doesn’t everyone who has trained like you have it?
  3. Do you have METATARSALGIA (ball of foot pain) because you have a deficiency of Nurofen or Ibuprofen? Yes you have inflammation, but WHY?
  4. Are your SHIN SPLINTS (Posterior tibial tendonosis) due to the fact that your skin is not tight enough? No? Then why are you strapping tape around your leg as if it is?
  5. Is your KNEE CAP PAIN (Patello-Femoral Tracking Syndrome) really due to a weakness in an individual muscle in your knee or butt? Why one side and not the other? What makes one knee or hip muscle spontaneously weak?
  6. Why do you have a big BUNION on one foot, and a smaller one (or no bunion) on the other foot? Did you know that BUNIONS are never a result of improper footwear? They result from the collapse of two of the three arches in your foot!
  7. HIP PAIN / ITBS (Iliotibial Band syndrome) is not present because you have not had enough excruciating deep tissue massage in your life? Massage is supposed to feel good!
  8. Is HAMSTRING STRAIN really due to lack of stretching? You stretch every day – before and after your runs. You train smart and gradually increase your distance/speed – and yet your hammies are TIGHT AS by the end of your run. Why is that?
  9. Is your LOW BACK PAIN due to LEG LENGTH INEQUALITY? – Is one leg really longer than the other? Why is it that your practitioner can balance your leg length, only to have it out of balance again at the next visit?

The answer to all of these questions may be the same – BAD FOOT


The solution may well be the addition of custom, functional RUNFLEX foot orthotics, prescribed using the dynamic data generated by GAITSCAN® from The Orthotic Group (TOG), added to your treatment plan.

Your unique foot biomechanics are the foundation of your movement when standing, walking or running. Many chronic overuse runners’ injuries can be traced back to their foot mechanics and how this affects all of the joints right up through the kinetic chain from the foot to the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis and spine.

Along with good injury treatment with joint adjustments, massage, stretching and rehab exercises – custom orthotics, can provide the dynamic support your foot needs to function more efficiently to allow for healing of injuries, as well as performance enhancement during training and racing. However, getting this right requires orthotics that are prescribed to meet the unique requirement of each of your feet individually, using pressure plate technology to analyse your dynamic foot in motion.

Running footwear is also an important factor to consider. Your running shoes can tell you a lot. When you look at the wear pattern, the outer heal should be slightly worn and the centre of the forefoot should be slightly worn. Any deviation from that signifies the need for a prescription orthotics with modifications that address those imbalances.

Runners stand to benefit greatly from Sports Chiropractic care because of the gruelling nature of the sport and it’s potentially detrimental effects on the joints of the foot, knees, and hips. Just like tires that can wear out quickly on a poorly-aligned front end, the human body breaks down when it’s out of alignment.

Running is one of the easiest and most popular ways to stay fit. It is also one of the easiest ways to develop an injury. The best way to avoid running injuries is to prevent them. The following list represents the best ways to prevent an injury:

  • Stretch – learn a basic stretch routine and follow it before and after a run
  • Wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed
  • Get custom orthotics to provide optimal biomechanics to your foot function
  • Cross train to prevent overuse syndrome
  • Avoid overtraining and build your mileage gradually
  • Keep your body in proper alignment through regular Chiropractic care

For more in-depth information about running injury biomechanics you can go to www.GaitDoctor.co.nz

Happy Running!



About the Author

Cherye Roche