Updated: Oct 11
It is very common that runners finally end up lying on the stretcher when they have been dragging discomfort for a few days, when the legs have been crying out for a little attention or, in the worst case, when we have, or at least intuit, an injury.
Sometimes we do not give enough importance to one of the parts of our preparation, what is usually called invisible or hidden training: hydration, nutrition, rest ... and in this part we could include discharge massage, from one point preventive and recovery.
The ideal would be to receive one every fifteen days or at least once a month, although the reality of day-to-day with the scarcity or incompatibility of schedules makes us, in most cases, postpone or discard it.
We care about taking care of our material, especially the shoes, having in most cases several models that adjust to our characteristics, type of footprint, weight, training rhythms, etc ... being aware of the importance they have not only on our performance but on the possible negative consequences of inappropriate footwear ...
Each one of us has to assess and weigh, always subject to the aforementioned circumstances, at what time and how often do we pass by the stretcher and for this we are going to try to clarify the classic doubts that we may have, answering three questions: Why? , When? and how?
WHY? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE WITH A GOOD DISCHARGE MASSAGE?
A good massage works not only at the level of the muscles, but also at the level of the circulatory system, the nervous system and even the respiratory system. Thus, we can highlight, among others, a series of benefits and effects such as:
Decreased excess tone and muscle contractures produced by the effort demanded of our body and breaking the vicious circle pain-contraction-more pain-more contraction. Helps "tidy up a bit" and realign muscle fibers.
Reduction of fatigue and notable acceleration of recovery, keys in our training. Improvement of blood and lymphatic circulation and increase of oxygen supply to the tissues, thus helping to nourish them and eliminate waste products from the body.
Relaxation at general, physical and mental level; feeling of well-being and reduction of psychological stress.