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Sports Massage For Walkers

Sports Massage For Walkers

Does massage really make a difference?  I just walk, why do I need a massage? What are the benefits of massage for walkers?

Sports massage can relieve muscle tension. After a long walk your muscles can become knotted - despite stretching. Knots can also develop in areas of old injuries and through overuse.

These knots can throw off your body balance and posture as you baby the area that is tense and sore. This may lead to poor performance or even injury. Massage can work out those knots, relieving the stress they can place on muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

It has long been claimed that massage increases the blood flow to areas massaged and helps the body get rid of lactic acid and toxins. This has not been confirmed by research - although one study found that the athletes felt much better psychologically after massage compared to simply resting after exertion.

Regular massage is a common part of training for serious athletes. If you are training for a marathon or an Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk or International Marching League multi-day walk, you may want to begin using sports massage to work out the kinks and knots before they cause problems.

The areas that are the most stressed in endurance walking are: hamstrings, quadriceps, adductors, gastrocnemius, knees, ankles, plantar fascia, piriformis, gluteals, iliopsoas. Walkers who have back problems may benefit from a back massage. And any walker can enjoy a nice foot massage.