Massage is a hands-on therapy primarily aimed at relaxing the muscles. More basic practitioners may perform a routine to a formula. The more skilled practitioners may be able to target and treat muscle dysfunction to help with muscle injuries. Some practitioners will include pressure points and stretching techniques to aid with specific injuries.
Sometimes hot stones, massage tools and massage guns may also be used depending upon the practitioners skill set.
Low Level Laser Therapy or photobiostimulation uses different wavelengths to treat both inflammation and scar tissue as well as reducing pain. In general, it is considered that it can speed up wound healing by up to 40%.
Some muscular injuries respond well to exercise quite quickly, whilst others will be aggravated by trying to stretch or do too much.
Muscle tears (strains) have a good blood supply, this is why immediately after an injury, ice is used to reduce bruising. After 24 hours, moderate heat is good, as increased blood supply to the injury induces healing.
Ligament damage (sprains) don’t have a good blood supply, therefore take months to fully heal. Trying to stretch across a damaged ligament is not a good idea for the first few weeks. Grade 1 scar tissue is not that strong. After 2 weeks, as the scar tissue changes to grade 2, moderate exercise and stretching helps to align the fibres. However, it can take from 6 months to a year to generate the stronger grade 3 scar tissue. With ligament damage: cold hot cold (10 mins of each), every 4 hours may help with recovery.
We strive to get you better and may suggest taping, slings, orthotics and rest. This is what we know will help you recover to your best self, in the shortest time.