Updated: Aug 22, 2018
It is the season of running!
Social, fitness or entering 10ks, half marathons or marathons! Spring was a busy time for me treating the usual running injuries, as runners start to increase their training level and frequency.
The most common injuries that occur are:
Iliotibial Band Syndrome - The Iliotibial band is a sheath of connective tissue attaching muscles in the gluteal region to the outside (or lateral) surface of the tibia or shin bone. Cross friction massage helps loosen the tissue, improves the angle of the foot and can relieve pain in the knee.
Shin Splints - An inflammation of muscle attachments and interosseous membranes to the tibia or shin bone. Deep friction massage of this area can be very painful. #shinsplints
Plantar fasciitis - An inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick, fibrous band of tissue running from the heel to the base of the toes. Soft tissue massage helps to relieve this condition. #plantarfasciitis
Achilles tendonitis - An inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the two major calf muscles, gastrocnemius and soleus, to the back of the heel bone. #achillestendonitis
Deep tissue massage whilst stretching is very effective. A regular sports massage will help to prevent injuries and also improve strength and endurance.