Sports Massage

Getting Massage to Help You Run Your Marathon

Getting Massage to Help You Run Your Marathon

It is easier to succeed at your marathon with good preparation.  Some people take on their big run with a bit of a Gung-Ho approach and have a great run and that is fantastic.  For most people this won’t work and they will collect injuries and struggle.

Training will ensure marathon success – it’s time soon to apply for next year’s London Marathon, start preparing now. You can download training schedules from the Virgin London Marathon website.

As well as building your training slowly and sensibly you should alter your nutrition.  Hard working bodies need good quality food to power them and to build and repair muscles.  Above all find yourself a well qualified Remedial Massage professional, get recommendations from my governing body, the ISRM.

If you live in Cambridgeshire come and see me. I am always thrilled to see a client through the process. It is much better to keep your muscles in good condition with regular massage, I can find potential injury sites in your muscles before they even become a problem. It is much easier to avoid injury than to try and recover from one. I have a wealth of advice and experience (and my own cherished medal so you know I have shared your pain).

Mostly people come to see me when they are on the verge of giving up on their running because they are plagued by injury. It is a fantastic thing to work  together with a client in this situation,  get them back to training and even, as has happened, see them achieve a personal best in their marathon, but don’t take a chance with your big event. Come and see me and together we will see you run your best marathon!

Hip Pain and Leg Pain in Runners

Hip Pain and Leg Pain in Runners

One of the most certain things  to halt your running progress is to develop pain in either the hips or legs. It may well be too late if you are reading this but prevention is much better than trying to cure it.

If you have already developed pain then resting for a few days will help. A sports massage will also be beneficial and you will get good advice on why you have the pain and what to do about it. Remedial Massage Therapists are highly trained and very knowledgeable individuals. Their knowledge of anatomy and physiology is very detailed and they will be able to do lots to help.

If you try to push on with your running then you will only make your injury worse.  The most sensible way to approach running if you are beginning or returning after a long break is to get some condition in  your legs and glutes first. Your gluteus maximus is your big ‘powerhouse’ muscle. It needs to be strong to power you forward so find  a reliable source of exercises or seek out a personal trainer to work on legs and butt before you even think of running or you will be setting yourself up for injury.

Start out with run/walks and don’t go too far. Just fifteen minutes each time for the first three weeks is plenty and increase by only 10% from then on each week. Stretch out after each run and get regular massage to keep your muscles in good shape. Address any small niggles as they appear, don’t  ‘run through’  a threatening niggle in the hope it will disappear. Keep relaxed, injuries can sometimes appear when we are holding ourselves tense without realising it, mentally check every so often that you are running loose and relaxed.

Hip pain can be due to tight hip rotators, this can often be resolved with Deep Soft Tissue Massage and some advice from your massage therapist on effective stretching and conditioning. Knee pain can be due to tracking problems or tightness in the Quads, pain along the shin bone may be shin splints, caused by too much running too soon and on hard surfaces – try starting out on a treadmill or grass. It may also be aggravated by overly tight calf muscles.

A good massage therapist will be able to identify what is causing your leg problems and to alleviate them whilst giving you advice on how to prevent the problem recurring. Don’t underestimate the power of massage. I successfully treat runners every week at my practice in Ely, Cambs.

Sciatica

Treament and stretches for sciatica pain

Even fit people suffer from low back pain. If you are a runner you may still have the muscular problems associated with the pain of sciatica, Especially if you run to counterbalance a fairly sedentary working life.

Many people consider they are doing everything right because they are at least exercising regularly but if I ask patients who come to my practice in Ely Cambs for massage whether they stretch regularly and effectively the response is usually a wry grin.

It’s great to put in place massage to help with the recovery of your muscles, at least monthly but more if time and money allows. Without stretching too you are doing yourself a disservice. The hip rotator muscles work very hard whilst you are pounding the streets,this can lead to problems with the piriformis and commonly the tensor fascia lata. tightness in both these muscles leads to deep hip pain. Trigger points in the piriformis are very common and problems with this muscle are very often associated with sciatic pain.

Even if you don’t run, using the legs uses these same muscles so walking a distance which is unusual for you and then returning to sitting for long periods can also cause sciatic pain. I would also add here that it is beneficial to keep your weight within a healthy range. Extra stresses and strains placed on muscles by carrying more load than they are meant to will eventually cause problems even when doing normal day to day activities.

A good set of stretches for runners can be found at www.runnersworld.co.uk/quicklinks/stretching

Massage treatment for shoulder pain in Ely Cambs

Shoulder Pain

During this season of viral infections, I have noticed an increase in the number of patients attending my massage practice in Ely, Cambs with radiating pain in the shoulder. This is often located behind the scapula and into the shoulder where it is felt as a constant, deep ache. The pain will often extend down the back of the arm to the elbow, occasionally even affecting the little finger. It is associated with the coughing attacks triggered by a virus and originates in the serratus posterior superior a muscle deep to the shoulder blade, involved in the mechanism of breathing. Lifting something with the arms stretched out to the front can cause an increase in the pain.

If you have the symptoms of shoulder pain described, massage can give you enormous relief, you may very well have a trigger point exacerbated by the repetitive act of coughing and deep soft tissue release can dissipate this trigger point.  See your massage therapist as soon as possible and you can find me at the Complementary Health Centre in Ely Cambs.

Sports massage for muscle pain

Sports massage for muscle pain

I wonder what brought you here today? My first guess would be muscle pain. You probably punched muscle pain, sports massage for muscle pain, back pain, neck and shoulder pain or something very similar into your search engine and this is where the thread  led you.
Great! Because help and information on why you have muscle pain and what to do about it is going to be here in my blog.
Primarily I practise Swedish massage combined with deep soft tissue work of the kind most people recognise as Sports massage. The best option I could recommend for your  muscle pain is for you to pay me a visit, but most of you will be reading this from somewhere much too far away to take that option. So I will be offering advice and information on what to do about your muscle pain here in my blog.
Many of my patients wouldn’t consider sports massage. The reasons are myriad. For a start most of them don’t play sport and sports massage is for athletes, right? Well, wrong really, sports massage has many techniques to release muscles and ease pain but you don’t necessarily have to specifically have a sports massage to benefit from those techniques.
One of the first things I will do with a new patient is to find out a bit about their lifestyle.  What kind of work they do, how they relax, whether they play sport  or exercise. Do they sleep well. Have they had any illness or stress. It helps me to decide on a treatment plan and which kind of massage treatment they might benefit best from. That is, whether it needs to be relaxing or deeper soft tissue work.

A sports massage can give beneficial results very quickly. Deep soft tissue work of the type used during sports massage can have a remarkable effect but it needs to be carefully applied. Sports massage is not for everyone, I like to establish treatment by degrees.  Warming the muscles up and seeking out the trouble spots as I work.

The body is a complex thing and pain is often referred away from the area where the problem is, for example: a dull nagging ache somewhere deep  in the shoulder joint where you just can’t get at it to give it a rub and along the medial border of your shoulder blade is actually coming from the back of your neck. A few sports massage techniques will soon sort that out.
But it’s not all about sports massage. There are lots of other things that can be done about your muscle pain. Keep following my blog. I will be looking at problems which I encounter often and giving advice, posting videos of stretches and simple exercises which will help you, in fact all sorts! So save a link and visit again soon.