Running Injury Essentials
I have this one from Amazon– it comes with a cloth cover with velcro fastening so you can attach it around your leg, foot, knee, arm whatever needs icing! I just keep it in the freezer all the time so it’s ready when I need it, although you can apparently heat it up for warm therapy too. Applying ice after long runs helps with recovery, and icing an injury will reduce inflammation and speed up healing.
Rocktape Kinesiology Tape
ROCKTAPE is a premium brand of kinesiology tape, which is used to treat injuries and pain. When the tape is applied with stretch it can be used to support areas which have been strained or weakened, and when applied with no stretch it decompresses the tissue under the skin. This allows swelling to go down, increases blood flow bringing oxygen and nutrients for healing, and causes less pressure on nerve endings thereby reducing pain.
|I promise I am wearing shorts in this picture…|
There are plenty of videos which show you how to apply the tape for various different injuries, and I’ve found it invaluable in helping me to still run/walk with problem knees and other issues. ROCKTAPE is one of the best brands I’ve found as it stays on for several days, even with showering.
These aren’t necessarily essentials but there has been much evidence that suggests there are certain supplements that can help those who exercise regularly and who are therefore prone to joint problems.
I’ve recently been taking these two supplements (not together as they’re basically the same thing), which contain glucosamine and chondroitin.
- IN Rebuild from Invivo Health and Performance*
- Glucosamine HCL & Chondroitin Sulphate from MyProtein*
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring nutrient and is a major component of cartilage which is the body tissue used to absorb impact and cushion our joints when we move. IN Rebuild also contains CMO (Cetyle Myristoleate) which stimulates the production of new bone and tissue growth and has achieved amazing results in alleviating the symptoms of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other chronic conditions.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any amazing results from taking these supplements, but it is hard to tell. I was struggling with niggling knee and IT band problems in the run up to Brighton Half and on the day had minimal pain and managed to run a PB! Since then I’ve recovered well and had no pain at all, so it can’t hurt to keep taking them!
I love the Natural Hero Hot Ginger Muscle Rub for after easing tired muscles after a workout. The ginger root creates natural warmth which helps to alleviate muscle stiffness and fatigue. Their Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz delivers the opposite effect, creating an instant cooling sensation that can be used to help ease trouble spots that need a bit of extra help to recover or get going- I’ve used it on my knees quite a lot!
By using the foam roller to apply pressure to trigger points on your body, you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist them in returning to normal function. Working out the knots helps to re-establish proper movement patterns meaning that you can perform better and avoid injury.
How to foam roll correctly:
- Apply moderate pressure to a specific muscle using the roller and your bodyweight.
- Roll slowly and when you find areas that are tight or painful, pause for several seconds and try to relax.
- Rolling or working on tight/sore muscles is painful! But it should be uncomfortable, like the pain you get while stretching, not unbearable and when you are done it should feel better.
- Never roll a joint or bone, and avoid rolling your lower back or neck as these areas can be more sensitive and require professional attention.
|Photo courtesy of Leah- foam rolling at Spitfire Scramble!|
What are your injury essentials- both for prevention and treatment?
*items sent to me for review. All opinions my own.