I may be biased but I believe sports massage should be part of every runner's training program. Sports massage offers runners three benefits
Tight muscles can have poor circulation and get inhibited. Inflexibility linked to muscle tightness can problems with movement patters and/or lack of strength, which can prohibit efficient training and performance.
Tightness can be a cause of muscle strains. Chronic tightness can cause inflammation resulting in
Back and shoulder problems
Scar tissue which will develop as the injured muscle heals. Scar tissue causes pain and limits a runners range for motion. When sports massage is teamed with other medical intervention, it provides a faster recovery by breaking down scar tissue.