What Every Runner Should Know
As a runner we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a buildup of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the bloodstream. I also so recommend having the 5 one hour treatments of Lymphatic Drainage with the Lymphstar Pro Machine which is amazing! Please call for information on this treatment.
Massage Therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.
Runner’s muscles are contracted in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesion’s that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.
Massage breaks up adhesion’s as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the strain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw Massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance.
Plantar Fasciitis pain, occurs on the bottom of the foot because of tight fascia. A sharp pain occurs at the base of the heal and sometimes the arch. Place both golf ball and or frozen water bottle on the floor and roll the bottom side of your foot back and forth over your Massage tool. Go easy at first and realize this will feel uncomfortable at first because you are breaking up adhesions, so be patient and go easy.
What I highly recommend is finding out if you have flat feet. I was shocked to find out how many of my clients did not know that they have flat feet. I always recommend going to The Princeton Running Company, Princeton NJ. They are the only running shoe store that know that know shoes and what shoe is best for your feet, size, build, size and if you feet pronate or supinate. The right shoe is so, so important. The other thing that is a must is foam rolling. I recommend TRIGGERPOINT Performance Therapy products, the only foam rollers, trigger point balls and thigh and calf rollers I will sell. Why foam roll? Here is the best reason, if you don’t you will eventually hurt yourself pretty bad I can promise you this if you are a serious runner. I don’t care what stretching you do. If you are a very serious yoga practitioner you’ll be okay but, getting to that iliotibial band is very, very important and foam rolling is the best way to stretch it out correctly.
also recommend getting a foot wheel and using a golf ball barefoot only use static pressure, do not roll the ball and yes it hurts and yes the bottom of your feet even have trigger points. Try one foot first and then stand back and you will feel such a difference in the foot that you painfully applied pressure all over the bottom of your feet.