Sports massage

Any good?

18 messages
23/04/2011 at 15:06
Hi there,
I was just wondering if anyone had had a sports massage? I've heard that they are very painful and can cause bruising afterwards. Basically, are they worth the pain?
Thanks,
D
GKD
23/04/2011 at 15:16
Yes.
GKD
23/04/2011 at 15:18
They don't have to be really deep, though I do like the deep ones! My physio's massage helped me get over a potentially ruinous calf injury that threatened my participation in a half marathon. Worth it just for that.
23/04/2011 at 15:18
Well, that's one up-vote Anyone else had any good/bad experiences?
23/04/2011 at 15:21
Thanks Peter. I am a total wimp when it comes to pain but I've got a lot of weird lumps and bumps in my lower back (from hip to hip) that I should probably have looked at.
23/04/2011 at 15:23
Hmmm. Have you tried a doctor for those?
23/04/2011 at 15:28
No, they don't really bother me unless I do a lot of lifting or running. They just feel like little loose balls (grape sized) floating about my very lower back. Hopefully if I get the guts to book an appointment, the physio will be able to work them out for me.
23/04/2011 at 15:30
Well, it'd be a start, and I'm no medical person, but that sounds a little odd to me... A good masseur/seuse would be able to tell you straight away if you have a contraindication ie something that wouldn't react well to massage.
23/04/2011 at 15:51
*takes deep breath* i will try not to hi-jack this thread....erm , Donna, they could jst be cysts floating about, but id get them checked out.
23/04/2011 at 15:53
Exactly. I think you want to be sure they're not something you should be concerned about...
23/04/2011 at 16:23
Just cysts floating about? That sounds awful! Yeah, I'll have them checked out to rule out anything sinister, although they have been there for a very long time - I'm more aware of them after a long run or when I'm at work (manual job). Are cysts the same as knots?
23/04/2011 at 17:26
yes, totally worth it - you sort of get used to the pain. Trigger point is also good (and also very very painful) but no bruises that I have ever noticed with either.
25/04/2011 at 07:11
Sports massage can be a very deep form of soft tissue work, but you should not be coming away with bruises. Bruising is commonly the result of work that has been done too quickly and too deeply. A therapist needs to take the time to warm up the area thoroughly and work slower so the tissue is able to relax to accept the deep work. There will be times that you might come away with some bruising due to the condition of the tissues and the effect from the pressure of breaking up and separating any adhesions or scar tissue, but the more skillful the therapist the fewer the bruises.

Certain types of pain feel great i.e. when the pressure gives a sense of "painful relief" rather than I want to run away from this.... can be a good thing.

With regards to the lumps in the back, I agree with Loulabel they could be cysts, but you should have them checked out to confirm. Cysts do not typically hurt from training but can interfere in the function of the surrounding tissue if large enough or due to their location. When palpating them you should be able to move them about and they should not give you any pain. Have them checked out to confirm.

I recommend regular sports massage from someone who has been properly trained and has the supportive knowledge and understanding to deliver remedial work. It will enhance your training and help prevent injuries.

Hope you are enjoying this fantastic running weather.
25/04/2011 at 15:16
Hi Susan,

Wow, what brilliant advice. Thanks very much. I assume you are a physio or extremely keen on anatomy? Excellent information and much appreciated.

D

25/04/2011 at 15:18
Well, I'm extremely keen on anatomy too, but you're not complimenting my advice! Harumph
25/04/2011 at 15:25
Haha, I'm very grateful for ALL the advice, Peter. It's brilliant to know there are lots of people out there to give some help when I am so completely clueless

Currently suffering through a cold - hope my energy returns by Saturday for the Highland Fling relay race on the west highland way.

Happy running all.

D
25/04/2011 at 15:26
so you run and fling at the same time? no wonder you get problems.
25/04/2011 at 16:29
HI Donna, and Peter too...

Thanks for the compliment, it is a field I am not only interested in but I run a school (NLSSM) and have written a book on the subject.

Good luck on your run, better to feed yourself and rest well this week than train through a cold.

All the best, Susan

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