Many injuries require physical therapy or rehabilitation to recover and heal, increase strength and flexibility, and prevent future injury. Massage therapy is often an excellent supplement to standard physical rehabilitation. Massage therapy improves circulation and flexibility, helping the body pump oxygen and nutrients to the affected area, while taking swelling and metabolic waste away. Massage therapy also decreases pain, and reduces stress related to the injury and corresponding pain.
Massage can be particularly beneficial for sports injuries, from sprained or twisted joints, to muscle spasms, or even broken bones. Massage improves blood flow, breaks down adhesions, and can reduce swelling, all of which can speed recovery. Some injured muscles, such as in the case of hamstring injuries, are greatly benefited by stretching out the tightness and loosening scar tissue. Looser muscles and less swelling in the injured area can reduce stiffness, restore mobility, and decrease pain and stress. Massage therapy has even been found to reduce itchiness and depression, and improve skin healing, for those suffering from bad burns.
People “are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation,” says Mary Beth Braun, President of the American Massage Therapy Association. Beyond providing stress relief, the AMTA’s 2010 nationwide survey also found that “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.”
Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR provides sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and massage. If you are interested in Eugene massage therapy, give us a call at 541-484-5777.