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Treating Sciatic Pain of the Hip

Pain in the hip and leg may be due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Hip Pain In Runners

Hip Pain in Runners

For runners there is always the threat of hip injury. Marathon season always brings in a rash of hobbling runners to see me for remedial massage treatment in ely cambs. Bursitis of the hip joint , Piriformis syndrome, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, inflamed Tensor Fascia Latae, Any of these will knock you off your training schedule.Massage can be very effective at getting you back and running again.

If your doctor has diagnosed bursitis then firstly you will need to ice the area and rest  Once the bursitis has abated massage therapy can really help. Physical therapy into the hip joint and through the muscles of the legs, hamstrings and IT bands can really make a difference when it comes to getting you back running.

If you step up your mileage too quickly then you risk suffering from IT Band syndrome, always increase your mileage slowly and have a weekly massage when you are preparing for a big race – it will help to repair any damage caused by your training schedule.

Runners are often amazed when they have not tried massage before that after just one treatment they are more mobile and with my good advice and therapy it IS possible to  get to the finish line!

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