Importance of Sports Massage While Training for a Marathon

It’s that time of the year again, runners from all over the country have been training for the annual Honolulu Marathon. Many people have different methods of preparing for such a strenuous event. What a lot of runners don’t know is that massage should also be an important part of their training routine. Receiving a massage here at OSR in Kailua isn’t just a luxury you save for a special occasion, your body needs it.

Benefits of Massage:

  • Detox- Waste products like lactic acid can be effectively removed
  • Improved Flexibility- When you get massage your muscles and the soft tissue that surrounds it get stretched in different directions, improving flexibility.
  • Recovery- Massage helps break down scar tissue and helps heal any new injuries.
  • Circulation- Massage promotes blood flow to the entire body.
  • Pain relief- Tension in the muscle can be painful. Massage can release the body’s natural endorphins to reduce or eliminate pain.

Common runners injuries massage can help with

  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathies
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscle strains

As a massage therapist here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua, I recommend Sports Massage every other week for the first 4-6 weeks of training. Then increase to once per week at the peak of training. During the final week it’s important to get a massage, along with lots of rest, stretching and hydration.  Post race, it is important to book yourself a massage the week after the race. Massage will help the micro-tears of your muscles heal and repair.

You may be thinking, what is the difference between a sports massage and any regular full body deep tissue massage you might have had in the past. Sports Massage focuses on the movement and the muscles involved in the sport the client is training for. Often times it is not full body, but focused on the areas that need it the most. It can be uncomfortable at times because we are promoting better recovery to your overused muscles. It is important to always have open communication with your Massage Therapist and never go past your pain tolerance.

For more information on the Honolulu Marathon check out www.honolulumarathon.org for all the latest race info.  If you are wondering how to book yourself a massage here at Oahu Spine and Rehab give us a call at (808) 488-5555. We are located at 970 N Kalaheo Ave Suite C-316, Kailua, HI 96734. Now until November 11th, we are having our Veterans day promotion. Our one hour massage is only $50 for any United States Veteran.

 

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