Training for a Marathon
Some people maybe be used to these distances and some people have never run before or at least not 26.2 miles (its a long way to run). Whether you are a seasoned pro or a first timer, you will be putting your body through a lot of stresses and strains. Injuries can happen whilst training and during the race and in some cases you may need to seek advice from a therapist such as an Osteopath.
Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the problem. They take a holistic view when treating the musculo-skeletal system to encourage the body to work as efficiently as possible, allowing the body to restore itself to normal function. It is important during your training that you have a good strength program and that you give your body time to adapt to the distance otherwise you are at the risk of developing repetitive overload injuries including, plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, achilles tendinitis and medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints). Osteopathic treatment can help to treat running related injuries and to offer advice on strengthening and injury prevention. Osteopaths can assess you bio-mechnically looking at mobility and stability throughout your spine and lower limbs. Once your injury is under control an osteopath may advise to continue with a series of sports massages.
Most people find that on the lighter days of training the benefits of Sports massage and can be really noticeable. Treating muscular tightness and allowing a couple of days for your body to heal can help with your training. Taking a day post treatment is advised to maximise the benefits of the massage and give your body time to recover. Its recommended whilst training for a marathon that you receive a weekly Sports massage.
For those athletes and sports people out there, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation:
- The conditioning / training phase
- Pre and post competition
- Post travel
- To aid both injury prevention and recovery
A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons. This overuse can often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues and if ignored, can lead to chronic long term injuries which may affect improvement and performance.
Sports massage techniques are suitable for both sports people and non-athletes alike and can help with injuries, chronic pain, muscle aches and restricted range of motion in all of us! It can help be an effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system, optimising flexibility and maintaining a healthier physical state.
You do not need to be a sportsperson to benefit from a sports massage. The treatment can also help relieve many day to day problems such as repetitive strain injury, sprains, work related tension and fatigue. Nearly all of us must have stood up after a long stint at a desk or sitting in one position and felt the need to stretch arms, legs or backs – it is this natural desire of the body to have its tissues in a flexible state that a regular massage can help with. Sports massage can help with:
- Acute and chronic lower back pain and sciatica
- Neck pain, cervicogenic headaches, migraine prevention
- Sports injuries including: cramp, tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Frozen shoulder and other shoulder pain
- Hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- Fibromyalgia, rheumatic pain, digestive and circulatory problems
Kinesiology taping can be combined with sports massage and osteopathy and can be used throughout training for the marathon. It allows for movement in the affected tissues, but has the ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems, substantially reducing recovery times, whilst improving range of motion and muscle activity.