Stop The Pain – 3 ways to get your stretch on

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What many runners report as “overuse injuries” are often mis-diagnosed. If you are suffering from a persistent painful injury we suggest giving a thought to the possibility that your injury is actually a result of a lack of flexibility and tightness in a certain muscle group. Frequently, pain is the result of a tendon snapping over a joint instead of gliding smoothly as it should and would if not so tight.

The solution for this type of pain is deep stretching over an extended period of time. If you are like many other runners, you do not stretch properly and with good reason. Frankly after running a 20 mile long run, nothing sounds less appealing than spending 45 minutes stressing your leg muscles further. Below are a few examples of how you can get the stretching you need and have a little fun at the same time.

  1. Yoga such as the class that I recently attended at Mat Happy Yoga in Hilliard. Kimberly is an instructor there and teaches deep stretch classes specifically for runners on Monday nights.
  2. Stretch at your desk (you look funny but hey, you are a runner and everyone already thinks you’re weird).
  3. Hit the sauna after a workout. A few minutes in the heat combined with some slow stretching maneuvers can really help.

Here is a stretching guide we really like.

We also cannot over state the value of skilled physical therapy. Fit For Life is a physical therapy office inside of Fleet Feet shoe stores. They are good at what they do.