Massage Therapy; A Must-Do for Long-Distance Runners

There is not doubt, long distance running is hard on the body. Half, full and ultra-marathon runners ensure a lot of stresses on their feet, legs, lower back, shoulders and neck. Sometimes it can be resolved by using proper footwear and correct running posture, however, muscle recovery can be sped up through effective massage therapy […]

Health Fitness Brian Webb

This article was published on July 19th, 2012

There is not doubt, long distance running is hard on the body. Half, full and ultra-marathon runners ensure a lot of stresses on their feet, legs, lower back, shoulders and neck. Sometimes it can be resolved by using proper footwear and correct running posture, however, muscle recovery can be sped up through effective massage therapy techniques.

Pre-race, a RMT can help loosen tight muscles, delivering blood rich with nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, resulting in increased running performance and reduced chance of injury.

“Fascial release therapy releases the muscle so it can contract more efficiently;  resulting in better performance and reduced chance of injury,” said Michael Desrochers, RMT at painPRO Therapeutics in Vancouver, BC.

Additionally, a good RMT will also help runners with effective stretches for pre and post race to reduce injury and to speed up recovery time.

“Post-race, massage is most effective 48-72 hours after finishing,” Micheal explained. “Swedish style massages are ideal. The long, sweeping strokes promote circulation back to the heart.”

Runners should also avoid deep tissue massages and long, static stretches; the muscles are already weak and compromised. Slower, dynamic stretches are recommended for endurance based sports, like long distance running.

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