All musculoskeletal injuries will have a soft tissue component; therefore massage will always have a complementary role in rehabilitation.
As living beings, our initial instinctive response to trauma is to protect and isolate our bodies from further damage. We then start investigating how to be well again. Sometimes, we slow down or stop doing the activity or sport completely due to the physical and mental barriers we conjure to aid recovery.
Unlike acute pain, chronic pain can last for a limitless volume of time in our lives and we are constantly reminded of that time we slipped in the bath or landing awkwardly from hurdling a fence. On the flip side, Massage Therapy assists with injury prevention and underlining issues early before they can cause further harm, which some refer to it as “nipping it in the bud”. Increasing the rate of healing and preventing re-injury is invaluable to any sportsperson or athlete or person simply looking to get back to work.
Massage therapy is a beneficial and natural path to take in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and or conditions. All musculoskeletal injuries will have a soft tissue component; therefore massage will always have a complementary role in rehabilitation. The primary uses of this form of therapy are to improve blood circulation, promote relaxation, alleviate muscle tension and spasms, aid in loosening scar tissue and adhesions, and to stretch muscles and fascia.