When you sustain an injury, it heals through natural processes that occur within your body. Your body’s tissues—bone, muscle, and connective—are constantly regenerating when your body is healthy, so injured tissue is simply rebuilt through this cycle. Healing can be accelerated with the help of therapeutic massage, which offers several benefits to those recovering from injury. Below is a look at the details of how massage might help you overcome an injury more quickly so you can get back on your feet.
- Increased blood flow to the injured site: Massage stimulates the circulatory system to improve blood flow throughout the whole body. Your massage therapist can target the area of the injury so that more nutrient-rich blood reaches it. This boosted circulation will help the structures heal faster because they have more nourishment from oxygenated blood.
- Pain and inflammation relief: You can reduce your need for medication after an injury by getting regular massages to ease your pain and facilitate better drainage of the affected area. This will keep inflammation minimal so that pressure on the nerves is relieved.
- Easier relaxation for proper rest: Even though massage does accelerate healing, you will still need to get plenty of rest to let your body self-repair successfully. Therapeutic massage will help you feel relaxed so that you can rest easily, get better sleep, and feel re-energized.
- Improved flexibility for reduced risk of future injury: If you are an active individual, sustaining an injury often means increasing the chances of suffering from more injuries in the future. Massage therapy can work to prevent this occurrence by helping you gain more flexibility and range of motion so that you are more agile while you are active.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping each of our patients make a complete recovery from all types of musculoskeletal injuries that can prevent full mobility and comfort. Schedule a consultation to discuss the benefits of massage and spinal manipulation for your injury by calling (212) 242-3210 or visiting our website.