26 Sep '12, 10pm

Tapering? Here's how to handle mysterious aches and pains:

Tapering? Here's how to handle mysterious aches and pains:

How many times have you had some mysterious pain show up in the days before a big event? Self-massage can help relieve any prerace discomfort while helping you relax. Tennis balls and foam rollers provide static pressure, one of the safest and most effective self-massage methods. Static pressure allows muscles to loosen up while temporarily interrupting circulation so that a rush of new, clean blood flows in once tension is released. Keep pressure for 10 to 30 seconds, be gentle, and remember that less pressure is often more. Here are a few of my favorite techniques for common taper trouble spots. Foot Massage: Stand with a tennis ball under the arch of your foot . Sink your weight onto the ball. Hold, and then take your weight off the ball. Repeat, moving the ball along the length of the arch. Glute Massage: Lying on your side, place a tennis ball under the soft tissue in...

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