If any of you know me, you know I have had everything from back pain, tight muscles and everything else that goes comes with being an athlete! Your body can takes on a lot of stress and it is so important to make sure you do your dynamic stretching before and static stretching after. Yadda, yadda, yadda . . . I know, not everyone has time to do their stretching. Then what? Right, you've got back pain, tight muscles and finally an injury.
So, when the pain comes and it's a tight muscle or "knot", I have to strongly suggest looking into pressure point therapy! There are so many pressure points in your back, upper glute and feet that can relieve muscle pain naturally. If you have ever had a really good massage and think that if the massage therapist rubs directly on the pain, it will release the pain, think again. If you can find a physical therapist who understands where the source of the pain comes from and can find the pressure points to relieve the pain, you will be better off. This will prevent you from having to take pain killers and have a more effective recovery.
I am a true fan of pressure point therapy because there are times I tend to overtrain and not stretch as frequently as I need to. I use pressure point therapy to relieve lower back tension, sciatica and iliotibial band syndrom relief.
An experienced physical therapist can educate and familiarize you with your pressure points while helping you through your recovery.
If you are someone with lower back pain, tight hamstrings or foot pain, contact your local physical therapist. If you are in the Los Angeles area, check out Davis and DeRosa physical therapy. They will work with you to find the source and have some great ways to keep you moving and healthy! Check them out at http://www.davisandderosa.com!
As always, Happy Running and to your Fitness!