From the RICE method to exercise therapy, there are a handful of well-known treatment methods for sports injuries of all degrees. Many people are seeking out natural treatment methods for their injuries and conditions, and a natural treatment method for sports injuries that is commonly overlooked is massage therapy.
Massage therapy is not just a luxury therapy for relaxation. Massage is a terrific remedy for sports injuries and below we discuss the greatest benefits.
#1. Reduced Pain and Inflammation
When the massage therapist applies pressure to a soft-tissue sports injury, the blood flow to that area increases which reduces pain and inflammation. This reduction in pain and inflammation can be noticed the same day as the massage. This expedites your healing and allows you to get back to what you love.
#2. Reduced Chance of Further Injury
Getting regular sports massages improves your muscle flexibility and range of motion which prevents more injuries from happening. Massage therapists also stretch your muscles which prepares them for activity and improves performance, further reducing the likelihood of another injury.
#3. Natural, Drug-Free Therapy
Painkillers are not always the best option for an athlete facing a serious injury because they just mask the pain for a short period of time and do not actually help to prevent another injury. Massage therapy is a short-term and long-term treatment for your soft tissue as it helps to heal your muscles immediately and strengthen your muscles to prevent another injury. Painkillers are fine for immediate relief but should not be regularly relied on.
Injured athletes can oftentimes benefit from a combination of massage therapy and chiropractic care. This combined approach is very common amongst world-class athletes as they are drug-free therapies and aim to reduce recovery time and prevent further injury. Click here for more information on chiropractic care for sports injuries.
If you are in the south Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center would love to help you recover from your sports injury. We provide massage therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture for sports injuries and a variety of other injuries and conditions. Call us or contact us online today to get started!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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