Massage therapy is a valuable contributor to injury rehabilitation. Massage therapy is so important to recovery that some injuries are unlikely to fully heal without it.
While massage therapy can be performed through one of many different methods, the core purpose is typically the same. The goal of massage is to help muscles to fully relax so they can release tension and toxins while increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the area, helping the body to rebuild and to heal.
Positive Effects Of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy involves applying pressure to the body in certain prescribed patterns, and has several documented positive effects on healing, improving the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage has been shown to improve the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems, all contributors to health and healing. And not only does massage therapy speed up the healing process, it also helps preventing injuries and re-injury.
Benefits Of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has these several major benefits including the following:
Improved circulation and muscle nutrition
Massage produces an increase in the flow and interchange of substances between the blood and affected tissue cells, increasing repair and healing. The supply of nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur, and other materials necessary for tissue repair can be improved through massage.
Improved flexibility and range of motion
Another important effect of massage is to provide greater freedom of movement and greater comfort. While this is beneficial to quality of life, it also helps to prevent further injury. “Loose” muscles are less likely to injure, and greater flexibility also means more power and control of movement.
Shorten recovery time between workouts
Waste products such as lactic acid, build up in muscles as a result of exercise. Increasing the blood flow to the affected muscles helps to eliminate lactic acid and other toxins, reducing pain and soreness, and shortening muscle recovery time.
Depending on the injury or condition, AMS Clinic massage therapists are able to use a variety of massage techniques from sports massage to focus on muscle groups to pressure point massage for injuries or gentle Swedish massage for soothing recovery.