Almost every athlete will experience some kind of injury during his or her career. No matter what degree of injury occurs, it is very important to take the necessary steps to heal properly so no side effects from the injury resurface later in life.
Even if you’re not an athlete, simple injuries such as rolling your ankle, back pain from bending over or lifting heavy objects, or even feeling sore after playing with your children should not be ignored.
For each kind of injury, whether it be broken bones, muscle tension, nerve pain, muscle spasms, etc., there is a massage therapy technique that can specifically target it. Each technique focuses on decreasing the swelling in joints and flushing out lactic acid, along with other metabolic waste, to improve circulation and speed up the healing process. Massage therapy can also improve muscle tissue and break down scar tissue, which not only helps the healing process, but weak or inflexible scar tissue can make you prone to injury in the future.
On top of all of the physical benefits, massage therapy helps improve a patient psychologically and physiologically. A painful injury can sometimes cause mental distress, but the act of massage therapy can relax the mental state of the patient to aid the healing process.