Sports Massage for Runners – All you need to know
The Virgin London Marathon 2016 will be held on April 24, and if you’re running in this or any upcoming marathon or race, it’s not too late to improve your performance and achieve your goal! Did you know that running without an adequate training can lead to injuries such as shin splits, stress fractures, strains and sprains? Whether you are an athlete or an occasional runner, we can help you with your training. Donna, our Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, uses advanced treatment techniques to enhance performance, prevent injury, increase flexibility, decrease muscle soreness and recovery time and relieve stress. She has worked with a wide array of athletes and sports enthusiasts including runners, dancers, elite cyclists, rugby players and avid gym-goers.
The Sports Massage Association defines sports massage as “the application of soft tissue techniques with the aim of managing, manipulating and rehabilitating muscles, tendons and ligaments” in order to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
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Sports massage is an effective addition to your training schedule. Treatments are tailored to when and why you seek treatment. In general there are four types of sports massage treatment:
– maintenance massage
– injury massage
– pre-event massage
– post-event massage
This type of massage takes place in between your training sessions. The aim is to promote healing and restore mobility in soft tissue structures, such as calf muscles or hamstrings, which may have become, shortened, tight and painful due to your training. A variety of massage and stretching techniques are used to relieve muscle tension, improve flexibility and maintain a good level of mobility and all round physical health in the soft tissues to keep you training at optimum levels. This is a very helpful regular addition to a training programme, particularly if you’re training for an endurance event, such as a half or full marathon, and it is recommended that you have a treatment at least every two weeks.
Injury Assessment and Treatment
Sports massage may be used to aid recovery from specific injury, such as an ankle sprain, by treating the affected and/or supporting structures, and advising exercises and stretches that you can do at home to get you back to running as soon as possible.
The aim of a pre-event massage is to get the body and tissues in optimum mode for the race ahead by increasing the blood flow to the muscles, thus warming them up and increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, and synovial fluid to the joints. It also stimulates you mentally, helping you to run the race in a confident and focused way. Pre-event massage is performed at a brisk pace with light strokes. Pre-event massage is sometimes available at races- get in contact with your race organiser to ask.
A sports massage after a race is a great way to soothe fatigued and tired tissues, aid the recovery process and prevent the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). The pace of this massage is slow, rhythmical and gentle and aims to remove excess fluid and waste products from specific areas of the body.
Whatever your requirements, we can help you improve how you feel before, during and after running, and exceed your personal best!