Factors Leading To Running Injuries – Posture And Body Alignment

If posture is essential to prevent lower back pain and sore shoulders, why is it an element runners seldom, if ever, think about? We, runners, all know it’s important, but we just know, it’s there, it’s important….and that’s about all the attention posture gets, from many runners.

Posture is THE first element you need to look at in all areas of your life, not least your running technique.

Well aligned runners will have fewer injuries. Why? Because your body is meant to be aligned, to move in alignment, it will always seek alignment. When we don’t give what it needs then things go downhill. Slow, it may take a few years, but we get there.

Furthermore your alignment throughout your regular daily activities will impact your running alignment. You can’t have a poor posture 90% of the time, and expect to have a good posture when you run. Sure, it’s alright to forget your posture sometimes, we all do, but not most of the time.

Poor posture and alignment in running can (and does) lead to:

– lower back pain
– knee damage
– ankle injuries – a poor posture does put a lot pressure on the feet and ankles, they are your base of support afterall
– foot injuries
– sore shoulders
– shoulder and neck injuries
– tight neck and shoulder muscles
– reduced flexibility and  mobility – in legs and trunk as well – which can lead to pulled muscles

These are only some of the effects of incorrect body alignment and posture. Other include other area of your health such as digestion (yes, poor posture – poor digestion).

What is the correct alignment for running you ask? According to POSE Method Of Running there should be a straight line ear – shoulder – hip – ball of foot (which is the support and point of contact with the ground; ball of food is not toes or heel).

Alexander Technique is similar, with the only difference the straight line end just in front of the ankle. Since in Alexander Technique we look at standing and walking, alignment is a littler bit different, ever so slightly.

I will write another article on the topic.

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Alexandra Merisoiu, The Body Engineer, is the Founder of The Merisoiu Technique - Institute Of Health And Human Movement and Dracula’s Retreat. She is also a qualified Low Back Pain Management and Prevention Exercise Instructor and REPS registered.

She specialises in working with runners, beginners and advanced, who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. This is done through natural movement fitness and running technique and mechanics drawn from the many disciplines Alexandra has studies throughout the years, including long distance running.

Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches. Throughout her Martial Arts career she has achieved 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan, runs her own Karate club and is IJKA 2017 triple World Champion, 2016 WMO Martial Arts British National and European Champion. She still competes at an international level.

It is through these learnings, and drawing inspiration from respected natural movement names such as MovNat, IdoPortal and POSE Method of running among many others, that she has created The Merisoiu Technique and has established her own unique transformational programs that incorporate thousands of years of knowledge with Natural Human Movement.

Alexandra’s mission is to challenge the status quo of how to achieve the truly strong, fit and powerful body a runner needs to perform at their best level. This is done through building strong, lasting foundations in the natural outdoor environment; reducing the risk of injuries and educating people on the power of the fundamentals of natural human movement and running mechanics.

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