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
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