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Self-treatment - (Massage Ball, Trigger Point Therapy)

As with foam rollers, when used correctly (see foam roller article), the use of massage balls for self trigger-point therapy can produce some good results. In fact, massage balls and foam rollers can prove an extremely beneficial addition to ones self-massage and self-maintenance routine. However, massage balls and foam rollers work on different massage principles. Unfortunately, not all of those people using or instructing in the use of foam rollers, massage balls or trigger point therapy techniques have any form of massage training and in some cases little to no training in anatomy or physiology.  Hence, it is common to see the incorrect use of foam rollers and massage balls, based on the massage techniques these tools attempt to replicate.  Although, self-massage methods can be quite useful they will never be as good as or replace the effectiveness of a good massage therapist. Furthermore, it is not possible to effectively self-treat all areas of the body, due to the limitations of…

Basic Running Injury Preventive Measures

Well, it is that time of the year again, and the first British Airways Run Gatwick Half Marathon is fast approaching, all 13.1 Miles of it. Hopefully, the weather will be better than for this year's (2018) Sage Reading Half Marathon, fingers crossed. The last thing that anybody wants during preparation for, or while attempting a Half, Full, or Ultra Marathon is the “stress” of a running-related injury. Many of the principles of injury prevention covered in this article equally apply to other sports and activities too. In the case of running such, injuries can occur for a whole range of reasons including:-
OvertrainingPrevious unresolved injuries, affecting joints, tissues and structures within the kinetic chainInadequate warm up or cool downFailure to adequately stretch tissuesLack of hydrationOther medical conditionsAccidentsPoor techniqueIllness and more… Tissue Adaption and Injuries
That said there are things that one can do to help prevent an injury and understanding a little abo…