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Massage Therapy For Runners

One of our Your262 clients wrote us about her experience with massage and how it can be an important part of your overall health and marathon-training regimen. It reads as follows:

Last summer, a leisurely run that turned into a race with a friend left a band of excruciating tightness along my inner thigh. I rested and iced it for a few days, but the pain did not subside until my next massage. As painful as it was, the treatment eliminated the problem completely. Massage can be a wonderful treat after a hard week of training but can also be a beneficial tool to help you stay injury free long-term.

Massage contributes to flexibility and improves circulation. It also increases blood flow, which helps muscles and connective joints heal from running. I personally have found that regular massage reduces muscle pain due to the stress of running. Frequently, after a massage I sleep much better. It helps me relax and releases tension built up from the day.

In my opinion, the key is to find a massage therapist who specializes in working on runners. I simply asked my friends and received a few good references on therapists they use. Like a doctor, you want someone who is willing to listen and who is willing to work with you. Working deep into the muscles is great, but be careful that the therapist knows when to back off and not pound you into the table. You may feel sore and tired at first after a massage but bruising and injury should not be a by-product of time spent with a therapist.

The cost can be a factor of course, so when thinking about a massage, I look at my race schedule and fit in a massage when it is the most beneficial to me and my racing. I always try to get one after a race, as the elimination of lactic acid goes a long way to help recover from a race.

What is your preference and/or experience with massage? Do you use it regularly? Have you come to rely on it? We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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