If you are an athlete, we at Naples Massage & Neuromuscular know how important it is to keep your body working effectively and painlessly. When you receive a sports injury, this is not only physically painful – it is stressful and irritating as well. The main focus of rehabilitating a physical injury is usually to rebuild the strength and flexibility that the injury took away, yet the rehabilitation process usually ends before the body is restored to the same state it was in before the injury occurred.
Massage can actually be a wonderful way to help the rehabilitation process and even speed up recovery. It can loosen and relax the muscles while also encouraging circulatory movement. This aids the body in pumping oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and organs, leading to quicker recovery time and increased flexibility.
Athletic Injury Massage
No matter what the issue may be, whether it’s a sprained ankle or tennis elbow, you might be surprised how much a massage can help with the recovery time. The pressure on your muscles in a massage increases the blood flow, which makes your muscles warmer. As an athlete, you know that “warming up” before engaging too heavily in your sport is important. This “warm up” you receive will stretch your tissues and break down adhesions, leading to reduced swelling in your joints and faster healing time. There are two types of massage that will help you recover from an injury:
- Swedish Massage – This type of massage uses light to medium joint movements to relax and energize the body after an injury.
- Deep Tissue Massage – This massage digs a little deeper into your muscles and helps flush lactic acid and other metabolic waste from your muscles. This allows more oxygen and nutrients to flow into your muscles.
Broken Bones and Burns
After being trapped in a cast for a long period of time, the muscles surrounding your bone break are likely stiff and are struggling with mobility. Any injury massage therapy you decide to try can actually help reduce the stiffness you might be feeling and restore some of the movement you lost during your healing time.
Did you know that massage can help with burn healing as well as muscular healing? A study published in the Korean Journal of Hepatology found that burn patients who received three months of massage therapy while working through skin rehabilitation had less itching and depression symptoms than those who did not.
Even those of you who have not been injured doing an athletic activity can find pain relief from massage. Massage therapy, including Thai massage, can often provide relief to a myriad of conditions, including arthritis, anxiety, headaches, lower back pain, insomnia, and circulatory problems. You can use frequent massage to deal with chronic pain issues, as well as nursing an injury back to health. While one massage may be helpful when recovering, a series of massages will provide lasting stress relief, muscle relaxation, and an increased healing pace.
Thai massage, Swedish massage, and deep tissue massage are all wonderful ways to improve your circulation and feel your body become rejuvenated. No matter what your injury may be, we believe in the power of massage and the body’s abilities to heal itself. By increasing the blood flow to the affected areas, we can help your body begin to heal quicker and feel ready to hit the court, field, mat, or wherever as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about the services we offer at Naples Massage & Neuromuscular, be sure to give us a call today. We would love to share more about the incredible benefits you can experience by giving massage a try. Contact us now to schedule your first appointment. Together, we can work towards a healthier and happier you.