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Should An Athlete Use A Massage Gun Before Or After A Run?

Massage guns can help to stimulate blood flow and deliver recovery-enhancing oxygen, nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds to sore muscle tissue. However, it’s essential to use a massage gun correctly so as not to disrupt your body’s natural recovery process. To effectively address specific sore spots, focus on them for only a minute or two at a time.

Pre-Run

Showering, changing into fresh running socks and taking a fresh pair of running shoes all help expedite recovery. Sweaty to dry clothing also increases blood flow – essential for transporting oxygen and toxins from muscles to your brain – which is an efficient way to improve performance and avoid injuries.

Selecting the correct running footwear is essential for a great run. Utilizing a cushioned shoe with an adaptable insole is your best bet at avoiding pain and injury, especially if you suffer from chronic knee issues. Furthermore, proper shoes can improve your gait and decrease the likelihood of overuse injuries. Visit WAVE Physical Therapy for more information on how physical therapy can help you find the right footwear and improve your running performance.

There are plenty of running shoes to choose from, and it’s wise to test out different ones until you find the one that works best for you. Furthermore, there are countless health and fitness apps and websites that can help plan your next run and monitor your progress along the way.

Post-Run

Running can lead to a lot of high impact training which takes its toll on the body, leading to inflammation and micro damage in muscles and other tissues. Massages are an effective tool that can reverse this damage and enhance recovery and performance for runners. Sports rehabilitation services can provide targeted therapies to help you recover after a run.

Sports massage has several beneficial effects, including speeding up recovery after a long run, relieving muscle soreness, increasing flexibility and aiding injury healing. A regular massage schedule should be part of any training regimen to avoid injuries in the future. If you’re experiencing foot and ankle pain or back pain and sciatica, consider visiting a professional therapist for specialized treatment.

Massage can loosen tense muscles and break up adhesions between fascia (which sheaths muscles like sausage casings), allowing muscles to move more freely. It also increases blood flow and flushes metabolic waste from the body for faster healing times.

Warm-Up

A proper warm-up is an integral component of any run. It activates muscles in common running positions and dilates blood vessels to provide them with more oxygen before you begin your workout.

Before running, perform dynamic stretching exercises that activate and stretch muscles simultaneously. This increases flexibility, elasticity, and efficiency during running (better running economy), enabling you to go longer with greater ease.

Massage guns can also help increase circulation before or after a run, which may promote healing, improved brain function and an overall youthful complexion. But it’s essential to remember that these tools should only be used as part of an overall warm-up and cool-down routine. For more guidance on using massage guns as part of your warm-up routine, consult with the experts at WAVE Physical Therapy & Pilates.

Cool-Down

After a run, it is essential to cool down to reduce your heart rate and allow your body to recover. This is especially important if you have just completed an intense training session or race.

Massage guns can assist in this by stimulating blood flow and relaxing muscles, improving performance and relieving muscle soreness. Furthermore, they’re excellent for relieving stress and fatigue.

Massage guns can be beneficial before and after a workout, helping you get the most from it. They reduce soreness or stiffness from prior days or sessions and stimulate your muscles for increased muscle activation. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at WAVE Physical Therapy & Pilates for personalized advice and support.


PHYSICAL THERAPY
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PILATES
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YOGA THERAPY
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ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
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BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION
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CHRONIC PAIN
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CUPPING
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GRASTON TECHNIQUE
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IASTM
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ORTHOPEDIC THERAPY
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PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY
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DRY NEEDLING

SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION
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SPINAL MANIPULATION
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SPINE THERAPY
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SPORTS REHABILITATION
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THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE
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