Running shoes and sports injuries: Do the shoes help or hurt?

Running shoes and sports injuries: Do the shoes help or hurt?

Do your research before deciding where to spend your hard earned dollars on running shoes.  A new Danish study contradicts the long-held beliefs about running shoe related damage.

Running Shoes may not be a factor in reducing sports injuries


The belief that foot pronation, or rolling inward of the ankles, increases the risk of injury in novice runners and requires correction with special shoes is being challenged by biomechanics experts.

Running shoe sales pitches tailor shoes to people based on providing “stability” shoes that offer support to the feet of people who “pronate,” tipping the ankle toward the inside of the step.

“What you can see if you don’t have the right shoe, if you will, is down the road is some injuries that can plague folks that are pronators, which is the vast majority of us,” said Bryan Smith, a manager at Running Room in Toronto.

The sales strategy has been used for 30 years. An estimated 73 per cent of cross-country runners say compatibility between foot posture and shoe design is the key factor when choosing a running shoe, Danish researchers reported in a recent issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  read full article on

Apparently this debate has been going on for some time as these articles suggest:

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money? by MailOnline
Custom running shoes might not prevent injuries by Reuters
Running shoes: Solution or the problem? by The Science of Sport

Choose your shoe for comfort or maybe trying running barefoot.

Dr. Gruber agrees. “I always recommend that runners run the way that is most natural and comfortable for them,” she says. “Each runner runs a certain way for a reason, likely because of the way they were physically built. Unless there is some indication that you should change things, such as repeated injury, do not mess with that plan.”  read full article on

Trust your instincts and do not get oversold.  Your body will let you know what works for you based upon the pain and progress you make.  Get to know your body and understand how your muscle, joints and skeleton systems interact to avoid sports injuries.  The choice is yours.

The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The term ‘holistic‘ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. The holistic approach to preventative maintenance massage aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person’s whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments.

Massage is one of the oldest healing therapies known to man.. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and systematic process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s needs, physical characteristics and unique personality.  It improves circulation in the body by assisting the flow of blood from the limbs back to the heart.  Deep stroking movements increase the flow of fresh blood carrying nutrients and oxygen to organs and muscles.

Aromatherapy literally means curative treatment using scent.  There are so many essentials oils derived from the various parts of plants.  The scent from these oils can have a beneficial effect on one’s well being.  When combined with massage, the benefits are increased.  

Specific oils are selected according to the client’s condition.  Massage is an effective means of ensuring that the essential oils (diluted in a carrier oil) penetrate the client’s skin.

Reflexology believes that the feet and hands are mirrors of the body.  By stimulating reflex points on the feet and hands you can relax the whole body, giving the client a sense of balance.  The reflex areas of the sole, top and sides of the right foot correspond to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side of the body.

Originally used to treat disease, the ancient method of hydrotherapy is used today to treat musculoskeletal disorders and injuries as well as to soothe various aches and pains.

There are various techniques that belong to the family of hydroptherapy.  At Helping Hands we specialize in:

  • salt glow – a salt paste (with or without aromatherapy) is applied to your body as a vigorous skin scrub stimulating your circulation and nervous system.
  • parafiin wax – layers of heated therapeutic wax are applied to areas of chronic pain in conjunction with a massage treatment allowing your joints and muscles greater flexibility.
  • dry brushing – experience a gentle full body exfoliation with a soft bristle brush.

Massage may be defined as any systematic form of touch, which is found to give comfort and promote good health.  The basis of massage is touch, the most fundamental of human needs.  Massage relaxes the body and mind; stimulates the muscles and organs; soothes and relieves stress, anxiety and depression; alleviates pain and reduces symptoms of minor illnesses.  Basically, massage improves ones’ emotional and physical well-being, the ‘whole’ self.


The Purpose of Sports Massage Therapy

The Purpose of Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage Therapy is to designed to enhance athletic performance and can be used in almost any sport. The modern athlete is always in search of that extra edge (marginal gains) to overcome their competitors. Although Sports Massage can be used anytime, its mainly used for;
•  Before sporting event massage –  is used to stimulate you mentally and physically prior to competition.

 After sporting event massage – is performed after hard training or an event to ease the tired aching muscles,remove waste products, and enhance recovery following demanding exercise.

•  Injury prevention – regular massage used to identify and eliminate potential injurious tissues.

•  Sports injuries – techniques can be used at various stages of healing to enhance the natural healing process.

The best recovery enables optimum training

As training loads increase, a point is reached where the body is no longer able to fully recover between sessions, and performance may level off and eventually decline. The symptoms of incomplete recovery of the musculoskeletal system are muscle pain, joint pain, tendon and bursa inflammation. Sports Massage can help speed-up recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage

The benefits can be broadly categorised into Physiological and Psychological processes and the interaction between the two.

Essentially, in a nutshell, the role of the Sports Massage Therapist is to deliver  safe and effective massage to meet the athlete’s specific needs. The therapist’s role usually involves  before sporting event, after sporting event, injury prevention, or massage in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.  Contact Ivy today with any questions regarding sports massage therapy.

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