Combining physical therapy with massage therapy is an excellent way to recover more quickly from an injury.
Physical therapists have a myriad of treatments to help someone recovery from an injury.
Depending on the injury will depend on what treatment course is taken.
Typically there are exercises given to help someone strengthen the areas around their injury.
Plus stretches are given to help with keeping the body flexible and mobile.
Massage therapy can also be part of a physical therapy program for injury recovery.
There is also sometimes treatments that involve electrical stimulation to re-train the muscles and nerves around an injured area. Using heat and ice is also commonly used in physical therapists offices for helping with injury recovery.
It is amazing to see how quickly many people can recover faster from injury using physical therapy combined with some massage therapy too.
Some ways physical therapy helps with injury recovery:
- Strengthens muscles around an injured area to help provided stability and mobility
- Re-trains the body for movement and mobility
- Stretches muscles surrounding an injured area to provide more movement.
- Teaches the body how to be stronger
- Balances out imbalance in weakened muscles groups which creates a stronger more integrated body
Some ways massage therapy helps with injury recovery:
- Reduce scar tissue build around an injured area which can help with greater mobility
- Brings blood flow to an injured area which helps with healing
- Relaxes tight sore muscles that could be splinting or compensating more around an injured area
- Decreases inflammation around an injured area
- Provides pain relief of an injured area and other areas that may be compensating.
Many physical therapists offices massage therapy is used in combination with physical therapy as part of a treatment component.
For instance, massaging an injured achilles tendon can help loosen it up so that the stretches given to patients by their physical therapy can be done with greater ease.
Sometimes the massage is done after the physical therapy exercises to help reduce muscular tension due to strenuous exercises.
Stretching before physical therapy exercises is also important so the body is warmed up for the exercises.
Treatment protocols vary depending on the injury, where the injury is and the health of the patient.
Combining massage therapy with physical therapy is a great way to help the body heal faster as it helps with strength, muscular mobility and flexibility.