Massage Therapy for Knee Pain
Total knee replacement surgery has become increasingly common and knee stiffness is a challenging side effect.
Your knees bear the total weight of your body. When they hurt, it can make getting around difficult. Knee pain does not always come from the joints in the knee, but rather the muscles and tissue that surround the knee. Manipulation of the tissue sometimes can relieve knee pain. However, research indicates that massage therapy and exercise can help. For instance, knee massage for arthritis can reduce joint inflammations, pain and stiffness. Massage therapy can also increase blood circulation at the knee joints to help the knee become more flexible.
Research has shown that for every pound that you are overweight, your knee must absorb an extra 4 pounds of pressure when you walk, run, or climb stairs. Other factors that increase your risk for chronic knee pain include, age, previous injuries, trauma to the knee, and/or athletic activity. Knee tendonitis, knee strain, partial knee tears (ACL, MCL or PCL), runner’s knee or a hyperextened knees can happen to anyone. Massage by a professional and skilled massage therapist plays a dramatic role in the recovery process.
Knee pain can also be triggered by scar tissue caused by surgery. Although it varies from patient to patient, this tough fibrous tissue can limit your range of motion. Massagep therapy has been proven effective in breaking down scar tissue, which improves the recovery process allowing the injured area to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.
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.