Q and A place
Get answers to all your training, nutrition, injury, motivation and other questions.
In order to submit a question, please log in
Ask
Phil Roberton
Injuries

I had a sports massage and found it a little painful is this normal?

Sports massages are not the ‘cucumbers over your eyes whilst relaxing music plays’ style of massage, nice as they are. Sports massages can in fact be slightly painful as they are designed to directly stretch and reduce tension in the muscles used for running. This shouldn’t put you off, as the mild discomfort felt is well worth it in the long run. As well as helping to prevent and treat injuries, sports massages can decrease recovery time, boost your running performance, and reduce the amount of pain felt while you’re running.

Do your research on good massage therapists in your area. A good therapist is worth their weight in gold. If you are a regular runner then I would recommend seeing them on a regular basis, not just when you feel a niggle. Prevention is far better than cure.

More in Injuries
Injuries
I run about one and half miles and I'm training for a marathon and I'm starting to feel a pull like some tendon going into my groin is causing me a burning pain and I have to stop by 4.5 miles. What do you suggest?
Answered by
realbuzz team
Injuries
I get really sore calves when running, especially up hills and it really affects my running. I do stretch them but is there anything else I can do to help them? (I walked on my toes for 13 years which I think is the main cause)
Answered by
realbuzz team