Massage Therapy for Injuries
Massage therapy plays an important role in conjunction with standard injury rehabilitation procedures.
Massage therapy encourages circulatory movement and relaxes tight muscles. It also helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into surrounding tissues and vital organs. This allows the injured area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.
Regular exercise increases muscular endurance and strength, improves flexibility, respiratory function and enhances heart efficiency. The body adapts gradually to the demand of physical activities. This is a result of conditioning. Conditioning involves three phases: the tearing down phase where the body is pushed to its limit; the recovery phase where the body rebuilds itself, and, lastly, the build-up phase where the systems adapt to the new demands placed on the body. Massage for injuries is a particularly effective way of dealing with the injuries that occur in the tearing down phase of conditioning.
Deep Tissue massage targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, referred to as connective tissue. Of the many types of massage, Deep Tissue focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots also known as adhesions. Deep Tissue massage can break up and reduce scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that tight muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go. This can cause inflammation that contributes to pain and stress. Deep Tissue massage loosens muscles and surrounding tissues which can increase circulation of blood and oxygen to the injured area to help facilitate accelerated healing.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.