Massage Therapy – Beach Running: Tips and injury prevention

Massage Therapy – Beach Running: Tips and injury prevention

 

By Claire Shield – Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor

 

How beautiful are Sydney’s beaches? More people are gravitating to the beach as the weather fines up to not only take a dip, but also use the sand as a great spot to go for a run. You may prefer to run on the soft sand, hard sand, or even challenge your body with sand dune running. And many people ditch the sneakers and enjoy the benefits of barefoot running.

 

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Running barefoot on sand allows your feet to move through their natural range of motion, which helps to strengthen your feet and ankles. Sand is obviously softer than pavement, and therefore has less rebound making your hips and knees work harder to propel you forwards. In addition to the extra stresses on your feet, ankle and calf muscles, you will find your gluteals, quadriceps and hip flexor muscles will be working much harder than during normal road running.

 

Massage Therapy is an effective way to help you improve your beach running. Our massage therapists use a variety of techniques to help improve muscle length, joint range of motion, flexibility and strength. Massage also stimulates the production of natural joint lubrication which will free you up for movement.

 

If you are normally a road runner and are keen to get to increase the running time on the beach, try adding 5 to 10 minutes of beach running at the end of your normal road run. Slowly increase the time spent running on the beach to allow your body to build up the appropriate muscles and to help you avoid injuries.

 

 

The same strategy applies to introducing barefoot running. If you start running barefoot on the beach too fast or too frequently, you could get injured. Start with short runs, to build strength in your feet. Gradually add five minutes to your barefoot runs as your body adapts.

 

 

Senior Physiotherapist Eliot Denver has written a helpful article included in this Christmas edition E Newsletter on injuries to the feet and ankles which become more common in the summer months http://www.yourhealthdomain.com.au/index.php/articles/unhappy-feet-are-thongs-making-my-feet-hurt

 

So book a massage today – we look forward to helping you enjoy the benefits of beach running!

 

 

Maximise your Private Health benefit by the end of the year and book in for a massage today! All Massage Therapists are recognised by all major private health fund insurers.

All Massage Therapists are registered with their professional bodies – ATMS and AAMT

Our Massage Therapists are committed to the ongoing health and well being of their clients by assisting them in achieving optimal health and emotional balance. Our therapists work very closely with the Your Health Domain Physiotherapy team, so if required, you can be referred on to one of our experienced physiotherapists for treatment of any injury or problem

Massage therapy is available Monday to Friday at Your Health Domain for 30, 45, 60 and 90 minute appointments. An hour session is usually recommended by our Massage Therapists, particularly on your initial appointment.  This allows us to create an effective treatment plan for you.

 

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