thanks for the advice, but I live in michigan so i wouldn't be able to travel to san diego to see the doctor. do many chiropractors not know how to correct this problem, or do they simply not know about it? are there any excercises that he gave you that would help or is it just the adjustment that helped? thanks again for the advice, I really want to get to the bottom of this.
It's very possible that your sacrum is out of alignment. Very few chiropractors know how to correct this problem that affects runners. I had your problem, and this adjustment helped me.
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For me its only my left leg that has a problem, and it does feel awkward for the entire run, unless I'm running on a trail or grass in which case I would barely notice it. It never hurts, its just feels like a weird sensation and I can feel a tightness coming on in the quad that eventually gets uncontrollable...its like pressure building up. Like you, if I stop for a few seconds, it temporarily goes away until I keep going for a while longer.
When you guys run, are your legs uncomfortable the entire run? Mine feel awkward and stiff or rigid, as if my range of motion is greatly decreased. The weird thing is, I can run my normal pace fine and feel like I am jogging, but then have to come to a complete stop to stretch out my quads before continuing on for a few minutes. It definitely isn't an issue of fatigue in the usual aerobic sense.
Well my back did hurt shortly after the condition first came on, but I attributed that to running with messed up posture. I learned not to continue running when it happens, because you will just end up messing up some other part of your body. After that intial episode, I have not had any back pain.
Did you have any back pain or back injuries when this first occurred? I'm also wondering if it is some sort of strange nervous system fatigue.
I completely agree. I posted earlier on this thread about my left leg problem. I notice the tightening and slight loss of coordination around 2 hours now.
Alex S wrote:
In the absence of disease, this is my guess:
Your body will only move 'correctly' if it has the strength / flexibility to do so - many biomechanical problems can be improved / solved with the correct conditioning exercises.
With insufficient strength, your body compensates, and moves awkwardly. Perhaps with a huge conscious effort you can control it for a few steps, but it always slips back to the awkward movement.
This shouldn't be at all controversial so far - so what has this to do with you, where you're fine for a while and then the coordination goes wrong part way through a run?
Well, i am suggesting your conditioning in some area is a bit borderline. At the start of the run, you're fine, but then you fatigue. Fatigue causes a transient strength loss. So during the course of the run, you pass from having sufficient to insufficient strength, and the coordination starts to go wrong.
With this rationale, you would expect it to be worse on hard surfaces. You would expect it to get worse with prolonged rest (i.e. weakening from detrainng). You would expect doctors to be unable to diagnose a specific condition responsible for the problem.
How does that fit your experiences?