For The Runners, Athletes And Active Adults Who Are Hurting And Looking For Relief From Sore Muscles, Pulls And Sprains

Finally, there’s a Massage Therapist in Town that Caters to the Needs of Runners and Those In Training

Information for Runners

  1. 10 Common Running Injuries
  2. Psychology of the Runner
  3. The Runner's Body
  4. The Runner/Therapist Relationship

10 Common Running Injuries

1. Pes Planus: It is also known as flat feet, this condition can be congenital or developed over time. Flat feet occur when the longitudinal (inner) arch collapses. In runners, flat feet can lead to overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis or plantar fascitis.

2. Achilles Tendonitis: An overuse injury involving the Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in the body. Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of this tendon, often at the point of attachment of the tendon to the muscle or bone.

3. Plantar Fascitis: An overuse injury to the bottom of the foot or feet. The plantar fascia is a band of thick connective tissue that runs from the ball to the feel of the foot, and which maintains the foot's arch. When the plantar fascia becomes overstressed due to exertion, micro-tears can result, leading to pain and inflammation.

4. Gastrocnemius Spasm: The gastrocnemius, or calf, keeps the ankle and knee stable when standing. It also bears much of a runner's weight while he or she runs which can leads spasm, especially if the runner has not stretched before running.

5. Shin Splints: An overuse injury sometimes caused by overpronation, affecting the anterior or posterior tibialis. Shin splints can be caused by poor sneakers and running surfaces.

6. Chondromalacia Patella: Known as "runner's knee", this is the wearing down of the cartilage in the back of the patella, usually created by an imbalance in the quadriceps.

7. Iliotibial (I.T.) Band Syndrome: Lateral knee pain related to inflammation and/or irritation of the distal portion of the iliotibial band, Some of this syndrome's causes include running on a slope; shoe breakdown; increasing training intensity or mileage too fast, or physical factors like bow legs, foot pronation or leg-length discrepancy.

8. Hamstrings Strains: The hamstrings comprises three muscles--the semimembranosus, semitendinosus, and the biceps femoris--in the back of the leg. Strains here are usually caused by inflexibility or muscle imbalance.

9. Iliopsoas Spasm or Strains: The iliopsoas, also called the hip flexor, is responsible for flexion movements of the hip joint and spine. Spasm in this muscle is evidenced by low-back pain, which can spread into the lower thoracic, buttock and hip regions. Strain in the iliopsoas can often lead to groin pain. In runners, the cause of spasm or strain is often fault gait pattern.

10. Piriformis Syndrome: Also called "Sciatica", this is a condition in which the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve, which causes pain in the buttocks and/or hips and can refer pain to the areas through which the sciatic nerve runs, including down the back of the leg. Common causes of piriformis syndrome to runners are chronic hamstrings tendonitis and mal-alignment of spine.

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Psychology of the Runner

If one quality could be designated to describe the serious runner, it would be stubbornness, especially when it comes to training. The second would be obsession. Both of these attributes can serve as catalysts to training, but need to be monitored; it is here that the astute massage therapist can play a vital role in the runner's life.

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The Runner's Body

For the serious, dedicated runners here; and more times than not, he or she will have low muscular development from the belly up, elongated muscles, some muscle deterioration, weak obliques and lower abdominal muscles, developed quadriceps, weak and tight hamstrings, and a lower than average percentage of body fat.

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The Runner/Therapist Relationship

It is very important with one massage therapist as a runner, because he or she gets to know the athlete's body, training, nutrition and any special requirements. For those in the midst of heavy training for an upcoming race, receiving massage once a week should be part of the training package. And it's not unusual for world-class runners to receive massage three times a week.

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Sports Massage Information

  1. What is a Sports Massage?
  2. What are the effects of a Sports Massage?
  3. Who can benefit from a Sports Massage?
  4. What kind of massage therapy techniques are used during a Sports Massage Therapy session from The Journey?

What is a Sports Massage?

Sports massage is the massage given to athletes. There are 2 types of sports massage: maintenance and event, that are targeted at the athlete's specific needs. Maintenance massage is the type that provides mainly in the office of The Journey. Event massage can be further divided by pre-event massage and post-event massage. They are mainly performed at the event location.

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What are the Effects of a Sports Massage?

There are some scientific studies showing that massage does elongate some muscles, but one of the component is psychological. It is tied in with issues of confidence, self-esteem and body awareness. Massage is one of the marvelous was of enhancing body awareness, in addition, to the obvious benefits like increasing circulation. Massage therapist can detect certain tension or trigger point. It can in turn help to catch potential injuries at the early stage. Because of the important role of the massage therapist plays in the athlete's performance, it is very important to choose the massage therapist who has good understanding of the anatomy, has experience and is well-trained. I believe my working experiences with my current clients, my 12 years physical therapist experience, my academic qualifications and being a marathoner equip me to work with my athlete clients.

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Who can benefit from a Sports Massage?

All athletes, whether full time or part time, can benefit from sports massage. I have had opportunities to work on professional football players, runners, cyclists, swimmers, gymnasts, tennis players and dancers.

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What kind of massage therapy techniques are used during a Sports Massage Therapy session from The Journey?

  • Deep Tissue Massage
    Muscle-specific applications of the standard effleurage, petrissage, vibration, and tapotement techniques. 
  • Cross-Fiber Massage
    Friction techniques applied in a general manner to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups; or on site-specific muscle and connective tissue, deep transverse friction applied to reduce adhesions and to help create strong, flexible repair during the healing process. 
  • Trigger Point Massage
    Combined positioning and specific finger or thumb pressure into trigger/tender points in muscle and connective tissue can help to reduce hypersensitivity, muscle spasms and referred pain patterns. Left untreated, such trigger/tender points often lead to restricted and painful movement of entire body regions.  
  • Lymphatic Massage
    Stimulation of specialized lymphatic-drainage pathways, which improves the body’s removal of edemas and effusion.

Given the goals of the athletes, my understanding of Anatomy, and the kinesiology of the sports; a tailored made session is given to the athlete accordingly.

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