Massage for Runners Q + A

Massage for Runners Q + A

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Runners

Massage Therapist Virginie Guilloux from Your Health Domain answers popular questions from runners:

  • How does Massage Therapy benefit me as a runner?

Running is a sport where you are doing sustained, repeated movements using the same muscles for kilometres and kilometres. This can cause your muscles to shorten and tighten, and for your joints to become stiffer. And with this, your running speed and style will directly suffer.

Massage Therapy works by using various hands-on techniques to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, stimulate the lymphatic drainage system, and increase joint mobility and flexibility. Massage can help you prevent injuries as well as speeding up the healing of current injuries.

  • What types of Massage Therapy should I ask for if I am a runner?

Your Health Domain massage therapists are specialised in using a variety of techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and dry-needling and all of these techniques may be beneficial to you. Our therapists are committed to addressing your problems and will take the time to discuss with you your areas of pain, as well as devising an individual treatment plan. The benefits of Massage Therapy are cumulative, so to experience the maximum benefits, start your treatment sessions now.

  • What are the most common areas of the body that are injured or become tight with runners? Most common painful spots?

Most of the focus of the sessions with be on the legs, buttocks and lower back. Hip flexors often become tight and are often sensitive to release. The calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus muscles) and ITB (Ilio-Tibial Band) are typical “problem spots” for runners.

  • Is Dry needling good for runners?

Dry needling can be beneficial for anyone, including runners and it is up to you whether you want this as part of your treatment. If you are new to dry-needling, it is not recommended to have a session just before a competition, as you can have soreness in your muscles. To find out more about the benefits of Dry Needling visit our website

http://www.yourhealthdomain.com.au/index.php/articles/dry-needling-for-myofascial-trigger-points

  • I am training for an event in August – I am training 2-3 x/week – how often should I have a massage?

It is beneficial to have a massage once a week while you are training for an event. It is best to schedule your massage 1 day before or after your longer run. Coming up to race day, book your pre-race massage 3-5 days before the race, and your post-race massage 2-5 days after the race when your muscles aren’t too sore to touch.

For more information about our Massage services and therapists available please visit our website

http://www.yourhealthdomain.com.au/index.php/services/massage-therapy

 

We have experienced Massage Therapists available at all of our clinics.

To arrange an appointment in either our Pitt St or King St clinics please call 9251 5111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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