Repetitive Strain Injuries
Benefit From Massage Therapy
Conservative types of therapies are still considered by a lot of medical practitioners as the best options to cure a Repetitive Strain Injury – various conditions such as Trigger Finger and Thoracic Outlet amoungst others. It produces the best results in resolving such cases having very few side effects (or none in most cases), quick results, and satisfactory relief.
There are different kinds of conservative treatments that have various beneficial results. Among these effective options is massage therapy. Although, the afore mentioned needs additional exercise, stretching, and other professional care, massage therapy is still one of the commonly sought after solutions for repetitive strain injuries.
Massage as Defined
Massage is a widely used conservative treatment that helps to relax a person, remove toxins from tissue and blood, soothes restrictive muscles, breaks down scar tissue, decreases adhesion to tendons at the points of attachment to the muscle or bone, and improves circulation of both blood and nutrients.
Massage Therapy on Repetitive Strain Injury
Although proven to deliver numerous benefits, massage therapy alone cannot repair the muscle imbalances that are causing repetitive strain injury. Massage therapy can only help on the rehabilitation or treatment process. Other possible therapeutic means should also be considered in the treatment especially to cases like injured muscles and chronic hypertonicity on the muscles.
As part of treating repetitive strain injury, a strict implementation of periodic exercise and stretching is needed that is especially designed to balance the muscle of the injured area. For instance, a Tennis Elbow injury must utilize equal strength between the wrist and elbow flexors and extensors, in addition to wrist and forearm pronators and supinators. This method makes muscles more flexible and stronger, thus there will be a reduced chance of getting repetitive strain injuries.
Stretches, exercise, balanced diet, hydrotherapy, and massage therapy are all considered for an effective treatment of various injury types. For most injuries, a series of actions are done as listed:
- Hydrotherapy heat is needed to enhance blood circulation on the affected area which also makes the tissues relaxed and pliable.
- Massage Phase-I is employed, with the aim to soothe muscle spasm using Trigger Point Release and to breakdown adhesion by Transverse Friction Massage.
- Meanwhile, stretching is also needed to increase the length and lessen the compression of tissues.
- Exercise is also needed in treating repetitive strain injuries. It allows tissues of the affected area to decrease tensile strain; heal micro-tears and have more nutrients essential for healing. Preventing recurrence of micro-tears, exercise also creates more stable muscles especially on the injured area.
- Massage Phase-II includes Trigger Point Release, Transverse Friction Massage, stretches and exercises to remove toxins and apply light Petrissage and Effleurage along the heart.
- Hydrotherapy cold helps flush away toxins on the affected part. This last part of treatment cools affected tissues and tendons in an elongated position.
A combination of massage therapy and some of the approaches listed administered in treating repetitive strain injuries at a great level of success. Just always keep in mind not to panic when injuries occur – conservative therapy will do the job.
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