Muscle Scraping Explained: What Is It, The Benefits + Is It Safe?

When you go to a physical therapy appointment for a musculoskeletal injury, the physical therapist will likely employ numerous treatment modalities, depending on your injury.

A potential treatment technique used in physical therapy settings, as well as massage therapy, acupuncture, and other Eastern medicine practices, is muscle scraping.

Muscle scraping is a form of manual therapy that is said to accelerate the healing process of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

Running Injury Prevention: 15 Ways To Stay Injury-Free

While injuries are common among runners, the good news is that, with the right approach, injury prevention is possible for many of them.

We’ll look at nine essential tips to fortify your running regimen and keep you moving strong and injury-free, from improving your running form and selecting the best shoes to incorporating strength and mobility exercises into your routine.

DOMS Explained: A Runner’s Guide To Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

Almost everyone has experienced acute muscle soreness after exercise, which is referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short. Delayed-onset muscle soreness can be uncomfortable because the ensuing muscle stiffness and muscle pain can decrease your range of motion, leave you feeling achy and tight, and could even make it difficult to sleep, … Read more

Aqua Jogging For Runners: Benefits, Workouts + Technique

Aqua jogging, also known as deep water running workouts or pool running, is one of the best cardio workouts for injured runners as well as healthy runners who are trying to decrease the risk of running injuries. Aqua jogging involves replicating the running motion of dry land running in the water. Typically, aqua jogging workouts … Read more

6 Instances To Avoid Using Percussion Massage Guns

Massage guns are all the rage nowadays. Everywhere you look, a suave-looking athlete on Instagram is swearing by them. There are many possible benefits of using a massage gun, such as increasing circulation, improving flexibility, and decreasing muscle soreness and stiffness. If you run regularly, you may be tempted to pick one up yourself and … Read more

Massage Gun Vs Foam Roller: Which Is The Better Option?

Massage guns are all the rage nowadays. Everywhere you look, an advert pops up. Should we believe the hype, wave our credit cards and jump on the bandwagon in order to enjoy the muscle-ache-relieving benefits of massage guns? There are many possible benefits of using a massage gun, such as increasing circulation, improving flexibility, and decreasing … Read more

The 5 Benefits Of Massage For Runners, According To A Sports Massage Therapist

Are you feeling sore after running? Have you tried a runner’s massage? Massage therapy has existed for millennia and is an extremely popular choice for runners; it is a safe and effective treatment protocol that is widely used for the treatment of soft tissues. Massage is an umbrella term, as there are numerous techniques that … Read more

Should You Foam Roll Your IT Band? + 6 Exercises To Loosen The ITB

The iliotibial band, or IT band (ITB), is a dense band of fibrous fascia that runs along the outside of your upper leg, originating from the gluteus maximus and tensor fascia latae muscles and connecting to the tibia. The ITB predominantly functions to maintain pelvic and knee stabilization and assists in abduction, extension, flexion, and lateral rotation of the hip. … Read more

Acupuncture For Athletes: 7 Benefits + What To Expect

Acupuncture can be a great way to increase circulation and support healthy healing in the body. For this reason, acupuncture for athletes can potentially help support workout recovery and injury rehabilitation. But what are the benefits of acupuncture for athletes? What does acupuncture feel like? In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of acupuncture … Read more

What Is Cupping Therapy? What To Expect, Benefits + Drawbacks

There is any number of healing modalities that we can take advantage of these days.  For example, there are medications, red light therapy, and physical therapy exercises and modalities depending on your pain and problem. Or you might try Chinese herbs or acupuncture if you like to treat your body with Eastern medicine techniques. Another … Read more

Red Light Therapy for Muscle Recovery: How To + 7 Benefits

There are quite a few novel training and recovery modalities for athletes. From ice baths to compression boots and vibration plates to electromyostimulation, athletes who want to stay on the cutting edge of exercise recovery and performance optimization have a bevy of tools at their disposal. Another potential tool for muscle recovery after a workout … Read more

Injury Recovery: Ditch the RICE, Your Soft Tissue Injuries Actually Need PEACE and LOVE

RICE is out, PEACE and LOVE are in! Injury recovery is a topic that has attracted plenty of debate in recent years, with expert opinion evolving in a number of ways. As the number of people participating in strenuous endurance running grows, so does the importance of educating those people on the optimal steps for … Read more

Injured Before Your Marathon? Here’s How to Respond

It is every marathoner’s worst nightmare: you put in all the hard work and sacrifice to train for your race and then become injured before your marathon.  Then the questions swirl and the bargaining begins. Can you still run your marathon? Maybe you can run if you ditch your A goal? Maybe you can pick … Read more