One of the most common problems I see in the clinic is runners with tight rigid muscles. It is suprising how many runners can not do a full depth squat. Most runners will have tried ice baths, stretching, foam rolling and massage with little effect.
Part of my job is understanding how the body responds and adapts to exercise in order to help runners maintain and improve performance. Yes a lot of my work is deep tissue work but we also have to look at the whole picture; why is this muscle feeling sore? why is your posture not aligned? No one treatment will work on its own.
Most runners will say “I know I don’t stretch enough as what I should” If something feels tight it makes sense for you to stretch it right? If your feeling tight and you stretch, how long do the effects last for? do you have to keep stretching? Foam rolling is increasing in popularity but does rolling around in agony help? In my experience these offer only short term relief.
So what can you do?
Training exposes the muscles to load which can fatigue the muscles and they become tight. Increases in training and or intensity can overload the muscles if not done gradually. The solution would be to STRENGTHEN the muscles to cope with the demands.
Tightness/stiffness is how the body protects itself and can be one of the first signs of over training or injury. Pro-Am can help to reduce tightness in muscles with deep tissue work but also combine it with a functional strength exercise program.