Muscle strains can be categorized into three grades, based on severity:
Grade 1: Mild damage to individual muscle fibers (less than 5% of fibers) that causes minimal loss of strength and motion.
Grade 2: More extensive damage with more muscle fibers involved. …
Grade 3: Complete rupture of a muscle or tendon.
It’s not surprising that runners get a little confused about what type of massage would benefit them most. Wikipedia lists 31 different types of massage. Of course, some of these are obviously not specifically beneficial to athletes, but runners can go beyond the typical “sports massage” to get results. The following are the five most beneficial types of massages for runners: