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Massage for Runners

Massage for Runners
6 May 13

Massage for Runners

No longer considered a spa indulgence, massage is becoming more and more popular with runners to reduce injury, improve performance and recover post run. For runners, a regular massage is vital to help stimulate blood and keep joints, tendons and leg muscles in excellent shape.

A sports massage – also called a deep tissue massage – is used primarily for runners who exercise faithfully. The focus on this type of massage is to:

  • Increase circulation
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Enhance performance
  • Decrease muscle soreness

For those runners who engage in races, a massage can be an excellent tool while preparing for an event. For example, a pre-race massage is an important part of serious training and can work wonders on those sore, tired and swollen muscles prior to an event. Consider adding a massage five days or so prior to a race. A massage therapist can utilize specific massage techniques to help athletes prepare for their competition.

A post-race massage is a great way to jump-start your recovery. When the muscles are warm and blood flow has increased, a massage can relax tight muscles, help alleviate cramping and decrease muscle soreness.

Finally, many runners include massage therapy as part of their training process. When used regularly, a massage can improve flexibility and assist with any muscle problems before they become more serious.

While there are various forms of massage that can benefit your running program, working with a professional therapist can increase your performance level. When making your appointment, look for a therapist who has a thorough knowledge of anatomy and who can offer suggestions and advice on how to prevent injury and help speed recovery.

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