Posted on July 1, 2018
With the Great North Run only a few weeks away, our runners should be approaching peak mileage, gradually tapering their sessions towards in the last week in order to rest up for the big day!
The accumulated miles can take a toll on our bodies, especially the legs and lower back, so it is absolutely essential that our runners are taking the time to rest and recover. With that being said, our runners often use sports massage to help facilitate muscle recovery and ultimately reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries that can be niggly or even take us out of competition; not to mention helping to relieve stress of everyday life! Have a read below on the benefits of our classes at the studio as wel las the therapeutic benefits of Massage at Physiotherapy Matters.
Benefits of Exercise class- Run Fit
Cycling and running requires the complex use of various muscle groups, let us take you through our dedicated program to keep you on the road. Our program will include a combination of strengthening and stretching to ensure you’re in peak condition. Our physiotherapist will take you through our programme of exercises, dynamic and specific to running, and will minimise the risk of injury.
The class will consist of exercise and strength based activities focusing on mobility and strengthening conditioning on high intensity static and plyometric exercises of the lower limbs main compound muscles. These techniques would be crucial for correct gait and postural alignment for running and cycling correctly.
Many running and cycling injuries are caused by incorrect stability and gait resulting in common ankle sprains or muscular strains, Physiotherapy Matters Physiotherapists would be at hand to correct this is overall improve your ability to run as aswell as avoid injury.
Benefits of Massage
In recent years, massage has become an important topic in complementary and alternative medicine. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension. Furthermore, studies have shown that massage may be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, headaches, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries and sports injuries – and that is just to name a few!
Sports massage is a type of massage that can help alleviate pain occurring in specific parts of the body, which can be caused by too much physical activity or day to day strains. This type of massage was originally developed to help athletes as a way to prevent and relieve injuries. However, it is equally as important for both athletes and non-athletes to receive regular treatment, to gain the physiological and psychological benefits.
One term that you may have heard is “I’ve got DOMS”, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – is a common reason why someone will book into have a sports massage. DOMS typically manifests 12-24 hours after exercise and can produce the most pain and discomfort at 24-72 hours post exercise. Sports massage is a great way to prevent DOMS as it encourages blood and lymph flow throughout the body, preventing muscle fatigue.
Stress and Pain Reduction – This is probably the most common reason someone will book an appointment for a massage as can help a person manage stress. When a person receives a sports massage, their body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. According to research, endorphins are released by two centres of the brain. These centres are the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. Acting as the body’s natural pain reliever, the endorphins that are released helping to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood, and improve a person’s overall wellbeing.
If you would like further information, feel free to contact us directly via phone or email.
Health and Exercise Matters in collaboration with:
Arden House, Regent Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3LU
Tel: 0191 285 8701