Massage Therapy can help tremendously with surgical and injury recovery. Through the manual manipulation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue involved in an injury, Orthopedic and Medical Massage can accomplish a number of healing goals. This includes strengthening and stretching techniques which are used to assist with range of motion. Neuromuscular techniques that help to retrain movement and coordination. Myofascial techniques which influence the fascial wrappings around the muscles and joints. Triggerpoint treatment which can help with pain and movement inhibition. There are even medical massage techniques which can influence scar tissue as it forms.
Orthopedic Massage can help with injury recovery by:
- Reducing Pain
- Increasing Mobility/Range of Motion
- Reducing Inflammation and Edema
- Improving Coordination
- Speeding Recovery
The circulatory and lymphatic effects of medical massage helps to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow thereby enhancing healing and speeding surgical or injury recovery. Inflammation and edema can greatly increase the pain and immobility associated with an injury. Inflammation can become a chronic issue and the affected areas can develop some permanent loss of mobility. Ranging from the natural circulatory enhancement of the most simple massage, all the way to the very specific treatment oriented lymphatic techniques, medical massage therapy is one of the best ways of dealing with the inflammation and edema associated with surgical and injury recovery.
Orthopedic and medical massage incorporate neuromuscular techniques that are used to help facilitate changes in coordination and movement inhibition. By accessing the nervous system through proprioceptive and reflex receptors in the muscles tendons and joints medical massage can help to normalize movement function. Pain can be mitigated by releasing trapped or compressed nervous tissues using myofascial techniques. Orthopedic medical massage combines all of these techniques and methods together in your session so as to regain greater mobility and less pain than would otherwise be possible. Massage therapy can also be used to combat Chronic Pain.