March is finally here and apparently Spring should be in the air. You should give yourself a huge pat on the back for keeping the training going through a pretty chilly month – and why not reward yourself with adding some soft tissue therapy into your routine?
This month I spoke to Lauren Forsyth, our expert Soft Tissue Therapist at Canary Wharf, on the benefits of STT for marathon runners. With your weekly mileage numbers likely to peak later this month it’d be a great time to understand how this great treatment option could help you.
Training for a marathon is very hard on the body and you need to take care of yourself. This is why soft tissue therapy is a great supplement for not only maintenance but also injury preventative.
Factoring in soft tissue therapy into your training program is a MUST! Getting treatment regularly throughout your training can help you achieve your goals without any unwanted tension/pain that may occur.
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HOME REMEDIES FOR RUNNERS
Runners often say after a treatment that their muscles feel easier, lighter, and that they have more energy and less fatigue. And most importantly, they feel like they can run again.
What you do in the days following a marathon is just as important as what you did before. Running 26.2 miles places high demands on the body and you’re likely to end up with depleted fuel stores, accumulated fluid in the muscles, dehydration and perhaps some damaged muscle tissue. So, not surprisingly, you will be susceptible to injury and infection after the race.
Unfortunately, there’s no formula for calculating how long your body will take to recover – this will vary from runner to runner. A seasoned marathon runner – or someone whose training plan included a high mileage base – can expect to bounce back quicker than a marathon novice for example.
Soft Tissue Therapy is a great way to aid recovery and get you back training soon after the marathon.