Yes, we know it’s midsummer and temperatures are scorching here in the Valley of the Sun but like all seasons, it won’t last. If you are planning on training for upcoming marathon season (half, full, or somewhere else in between), we’ve got news for you about how to avoid running injuries.
There’s nothing like a good pavement pounding to clear your brain, boost your body endorphins, and help you reconnect with your own inner voice. Whether you are a weekend jogger or a competitive athlete, running is only fun if it's injury-free.
At Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade, here are a few excellent tips to help you navigate the common running injuries that occur from improper recovery routines or overusing muscles:
- Runner’s Knee
This condition results in inflammation of the knee concentrated in the location directly below your knee cap. It’s attributed to incorrect running form or bad posture. To avoid this painful injury, train your body’s core muscle groups in addition to seeking out regular treatments (like massage) to balance your musculoskeletal system to maintain running health.
- Shin Splints
Shin splints are a painful condition that’s temporary but uncomfortable nonetheless. Caused by tiny tears in the muscles that surround you leg’s lower bones, most often shin splints result from either stress or lack of a good warmup.
- Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that impacts the tendons that run between the heel and toes of each foot resulting in pain with each step. Regular massage sessions can do wonders to alleviate the arch pain from this injury. It’s also imperative to get properly fitted for running shoes that support your arches and gait.
Regardless of the frequency of running, it’s important to listen to your body about what it needs. Sometimes the best training is a break from activity. Other times, it’s an hour-long deep tissue massage.