Therapeutic massage is commonly used by people whose muscles may have experienced extended periods of overuse. It helps to loosen up any tight areas and makes recovery quicker and easier. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to figure out how therapeutic massage can help you!
Your soft tissues and you:
Your muscles are made up of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues, called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts. Your bones are then connected to each other by bands of connective tissue, called ligaments. Your muscles and nerves are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Soft tissues help to move your body and give your body the strength it needs to perform tasks. Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that is your intention. Soft tissues can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions within athletic activity. For example, “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow” are both colloquial terms used to describe tears in the tendons of the elbow. They got their name from the repeated swinging action that tennis players and golfer’s do, making it a common injury that they experience. A tear in the tendon such as this can leave you with a significant amount of swelling and inflammation.
Therapeutic massage can help with this, as it loosens up the soft tissues, and may even prevent some of these injuries from occurring.
How physical therapy will improve your performance:
Therapeutic massage can be extremely beneficial. Your physical therapist may also recommend other types of massage to complement your physical therapy treatments, including:
- Deep tissue massage: This type of massage loosens up your muscles and their connective tissues.
- Myofascial release: This type of massage creates room for tissues that may be trapped by distortions or fascial adhesions, freeing them from constriction.
- Swedish massage: This type of massage relaxes any stiff or tense muscles you may have, allowing for increased blood flow and fluid drainage from swollen areas.
Therapeutic massage promotes tissue healing, so you can get back to your normal activities as quickly as possible. By working to mobilize, loosen, and relax these muscles, you can help them stay limber throughout the process. This will decrease your risk of strains, sprains, and ruptures.
Your soft tissues work hard to make sure your body is functioning correctly, so it is important to help optimize their health and function. Call Bay State Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment with a licensed massage therapist.