Recovering from surgery or an injury can be a tedious affair. Massage therapy acts as an excellent supplement to conventional rehabilitation procedures. Let’s consider the scope, benefits and precautions related to rehabilitation massages.
1) Massages can help in recovering from a sports related or everyday injury – be it an ankle sprain or muscle spasm. When the therapist applies gentle pressure, blood flows to the affected area increases and the muscles become warm. Improved blood circulation flushes out toxins from the muscles and reduces inflammation; oxygen helps in regeneration of the tissues. When the heart pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the affected area, it recovers at an accelerated pace.
2) Swedish or Deep Tissue massages are excellent for hamstring injuries. They help in loosening and stretching out tight spots. Research has confirmed that deep tissue massage can break down and even completely eliminate scar tissue. These types of massages are also highly effective in treating neck spasms and nerve pain.
3) Postpartum rehabilitation massage: A woman’s body undergoes a series of changes after giving birth. She is physically drained – her body aches, her joints are swollen, many women experience postpartum depression due to hormonal imbalances. Massage can reduce stress, remove fatigue and help the mother to sleep better. As you may already know, the body recovers best when it sleeps. Massage also helps in regulating hormones. It reduces stress hormones and promotes the secretion of beneficial hormones such as oxytocin (induces milk production in the mammary glands and creates a strong bond between mother and child. Also improves mood). After delivery, the amount of fluids in the body can go up by as much as 50%. This causes retention of fluids in the limbs (edema). Massage improves blood circulation and flushes out swelling and unwanted liquids from the body. If administered correctly by a certified professional, postpartum massage can do wonders to the mother’s overall health and emotional well-being.
4) Massages can promote faster rehabilitation from a bone related injury. For example, say a person is recovering from a broken bone. The area around the fracture is bound to be stiff, even after the bone has healed. The entire area is in a plaster for several weeks – so the muscles don’t get used at all. The tissues around the broken bone are scarred and the muscles are weak. Massage therapy improves flexibility and strength in the affected muscles by facilitation of blood flow and removal of adhesions.
5) A study published in the Korean Journal of Hepatology revealed that rehabilitation massage is great for burn injuries. Patients who received massage therapy for three months reported faster skin healing and considerably less itching. They also had a much better mood than those who did not receive massage therapy.
6) Massage is much more than a recreational activity or a pampering session. It is effective for combating a host of illnesses and conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and so on.
If you or a loved one is undergoing rehabilitation, call us for a free consultation and quote. It is our constant endeavour to not just maintain, but surpass industry standards! All our therapists are experienced and certified – they’ll make it their priority to help you achieve pre-injury like performance.