The Best and Most Expensive Way to Full Range of Motion
From 1998 to roughly 2001 I did a great deal of racing. In each year I raced an Ironman and a number of lead up races. I trained hard and raced harder. To keep the mobility in my body, I had a number of coaches I worked with on the training side. I went to massage therapist every other week and when the big race got close I went twice a week. I went to my chiropractor every other week as well. It worked!
- I did not get injured
- I qualified for Kona a couple of times (let them roll down)
- I went under 10 hours
My estimated cost of that was $120/week just to stay mobile.
Today I have a running buddy who’s getting ready for some big runs later this month. Over a recent couple of days he did the following:
- Monday AM – PT appointment – He stated the PT really opened up his glutes.
- Monday PM – Massage
- Tuesday PM – Massage
Estimated cost of that is $240.
Mobility is a blanket term that covers tissue, muscles and your skeletal system. If all of those are working together your range of motion will be good.
My running buddy struggles with a tight low back and has shown he’s prone to injury. He runs often and is slowly morphing from a marathon runner to an ultra runner. With his injury potential the added physical stress of ultra running is challenging. Don’t get me wrong ultra running is doable and creates many happy runners. But for a runner like my friend he has to spend the money to make sure he transitions smoothly. Lucky for him he can afford it.
If you want to maintain great mobility (range of motion) this is the absolute best way to do it. It does not guarantee injury free running but it’s the best way to avoid injuries along with smart training of course.