Anytime we expose our joints to repetitive motion and excessive pressure, we may create injury to the inside or outside of our joints.
Because of our bio-mechanics, we think running on the treadmill is the same as running outdoors. Studies suggest that treadmill users also run with less of a forward lean and favor a “jumping up and down” movement which is harmful to your joints when done repetitively over time. However, this uses up energy to the detriment of forward momentum. One way to avoid injury is to put your machine on a two percent incline, which will help you counteract the problem of forward leaning and jumping. Also, it may produce a motion that is similar to outdoor running.
1.The best way to run is grassy park, sandy beach, or on dirt.
2. If one the above are not options, use treadmill in up hill position with good shock absorbing shoes.
3. You might give the elliptical bike a try. You may like it!
Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractor in Porter Ranch, CA has treated patients with joint dysfunction for over 12 years. Call to make an appointment today. 818-831-0100 .