Things Every Runner Should Have For Aches And Pains
I'm on a break from running for a few days dealing with with some Piriformis issues (the worst). I went to my acupuncturist today which helped so much. He did some cupping, traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture (form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles). I don't feel completely healed, but at least now I can walk with minimal limping. I can't get in to my physical therapist for 10 more days because it's marathon season so I'll be back next week for more acupuncture and relying on some of my recovery methods for aches and pains.
- Epsom Salt Baths. I live for a good bath. Soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salt helps relieve the aches and pains that come from running or working out a lot. I take one about 3-4 times a week. I'm obsessed with Dr Teals brand both the lavender scent and the eucalyptus scent. I like to sit in the bath with a good book and a cup of turmeric tea.
- Stretching. I do a lot of yoga. I love Yoga With Adrienne lately. She has a ton of videos for runners and for sciatica. I also do Strala Yoga by Tara Stiles just about everyday.
- Foam Rolling. Definitely one of the things that hurts so bad when you do it but you feel sooo much better after. I use a Trigger Point Foam Roller. Runner's World has a good article/video how to foam roll.
- Turmeric Everything. I love turmeric. When I'm hurting I drink so much I'm surprised I haven't turned orange yet. I put a chunk of fresh turmeric in my smoothies, drink turmeric tea, and drink golden milk by the gallon. My favorite post run/workout supplement to take is Vega Recovery Accelerator which (surprise surprise!) has a ton of turmeric. Good nutrition is vital all the time (duh) but especially if you are injured or putting in extra hard efforts. Keeping your diet clean and filled with anti inflammatory food will help you recover quicker and feel better sooner.
- Topical Analgesic Gels and Sprays. These help so much! I've been using Biofreeze after particularly hard runs when even after stretching and soaking doesn't do the trick.I've been smelling like Biofreeze for the past few days now haha.
I hope you guys are doing good and injury free during marathon season!