Top 10 common injuries with which massage therapy can help
- Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Massage therapy is renowned for its many benefits on the wellness and health of body and mind.
Today our team would like to talk about the therapeutic effects that a professional massage can have when treating body injuries.
As part of the range of massages that we offer in our Fulham clinic, our team recommends Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage massage and Remedial massage massage to treat and help prevent injuries. Such types of treatments can target the specific areas affected by tension and pain, facilitating the healing process and a full recovery. Our team will be happy to share more details on each of these massages on offer at our clinic, so that you may choose the most appropriate for your needs.
Let's have a look in detail at the top 10 most common injuries with which our therapists are helping their clients:
- Lower back pain
Given the large percentage of the population that work within an office environment, it is no surprise that lower back pain is becoming common. When you’re seated you’re adding pressure to your spine and back muscles and this pressure increases if you slouch or struggle to maintain a good posture.
- Repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is another common injury, particularly if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. RSI can be caused by overuse of specific body parts, such as the soft tissues of your neck, back, hands, arms, or shoulders. If you’re typing in front of the computer all day and working with a mouse in your hand, you can experience tingling, numbness, and tightness in the hands, neck, and other parts of the body.
- Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries is a broad category of injuries involving soft tissue rather than, for example, bone. Muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendon injuries, and injuries to the myofascial tissue (connective tissue around the muscles) are examples of soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can result from playing sports, exercise, and general physical activity.
- Muscle-related neck pain
The neck is a common zone for injuries, whether it’s due to poor positioning during sleep, posture, constant strain, or a sports injury. Also, looking down at cell phones for long periods can easily cause neck pain. This type of injury can present a major nuisance to your daily life.
- Runner's knee
Runner’s knee is caused by a misalignment of the kneecap. Typically when you run, your kneecap moves up and down; however, it is possible for it to move closer to one side, which can cause the cartilage to wear out.
- Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow can affect tennis players as well as anyone who’s at risk of elbow strain, like bricklayers, typists, and cleaners. It’s caused by bending the wrist backward repeatedly so that the muscles and tendons in the area become overused.
- Rotator cuff tear
The rotator cuff is one of the four muscles that allows your arms to rotate at the shoulder. This common shoulder injury occurs when you strain or pinch the tendons and damage the soft tissue. This can result in bruising, swelling, and general pain.
- Pulled muscles
A pulled muscle occurs when the fibres of a muscle group are stretched beyond their capacity and some are torn. Fatigue and overuse are the two biggest culprits behind pulled muscles, therefore it's good practice to always make sure to warm up and cool down properly when playing sports.
- Sprained Ankle
A sprain occurs when the ligaments around the foot are injured due to a twisted ankle. There are varying degrees of an ankle sprain, depending on the severity of the injury.
Sciatica is a type of injury that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your feet, is irritated or compressed. Most commonly it arises when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
The time it takes to recover from an injury varies from person to person, and we are aware that it can often be a stressful and frustrating experience for the patient. Our massage treatments aim to reduce recovery time by working on injured tendons, muscles, joints, ligaments and skin, resulting in increased flexibility and blood flow to the injured area. As an added benefit, massage therapy promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety and stress, which also aids in the healing process.
Furthermore, our therapists always offer invaluable advice at the end of each treatment, such as posture and stretching exercises, which will help maintain the benefits of the massage and prevent any future potential injuries.
We hope you found this article interesting and we look forward to seeing you soon in our Fulham clinic!