Injury Massage Therapy
Rehabilitating any injury can be a tiring and frustrating
process. While the main goal of physical rehabilitation is to
increase strength and flexibility, it often ends before the area
has been returned to its full pre-injury state.
Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard
injury rehabilitation procedures. By encouraging circulatory
movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body pump more
oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the
rehabilitating injured area(s) to become more flexible and heal at
an accelerated rate.
Sports Injury Massage
From a sprained ankle or twisted knee to muscle spasms or broken
bones, massage can provide the opportunity for faster recovery.
With the pressure of the therapist's hands improving blood flow,
muscles become warmer. By stretching tight tissues and breaking
down adhesions, massage can help flush out swelling in joints,
allowing for quicker healing.
For hamstring injuries, the effect of stretching out tightness
and loosening scar tissue can aid in recovery. And for back and
neck spasms or nerve pain, various types of massage can help:
Massage -- according to WebMD, the light to medium joint
movements of Swedish Massage "can be both relaxing and energizing
and…even help after an injury"
- Deep Tissue
Massage -- helps flush lactic acid and other metabolic waste
from your muscles, allowing more oxygen-rich and nutrient-filled
blood to flow in
Broken Bones and Burns
If you're recovering from a broken bone, you'll want to
eliminate stiffness and improve mobility in the problem area. Sports injury
massage or any injury massage therapy can
help reduce stiffness, restore movement, and provide relaxation
that helps you focus on healthy healing instead of soreness and
Burn patients studied in the Korean Journal of
Hepatology reported that those who received three months of
massage therapy during skin rehabilitation experienced less itching
and less depression, along with improved skin healing.
Americans, too, "are looking to massage for much more than just
relaxation," says Mary Beth Braun, President of the American
Massage Therapy Association. The AMTA's 2010 nationwide survey
revealed that, in addition to providing stress relief, "Massage
therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions,
including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety,
circulatory problems and recovery from a sports injury."
Your Personal Consultation
Massage is also used to aid in pain management as the injury is
nursed back to full strength. By committing to a continual massage
program, you can accelerate the recovery process after suffering
injuries. If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, a Massage Envy
membership might be beneficial.
Your massage therapist wants to help you feel better and the
only way he or she can help make that happen is by having you
disclose information about any ailments you may have. At Massage
Envy, our professional therapists conduct an intake interview with
you before your service to determine any possible precautions, and
to provide recommendations for the types and techniques of
injury massage therapy that will optimize your