Massage Therapy for Fractures
Massage therapy can work to reduce pain, muscle discomfort and tension due to a fracture injury. Treatment is implemented on a patient once the cast has been removed. Massage is used so the individual can regain function and mobility faster than normal. During treatment, the massage therapist will work above the fracture to avoid irritating the bone that’s healing. Treatment will help the healing process by reducing scar tissue and increasing circulation. It is recommended that the patient requests a written recommendation from their doctor before receiving massage therapy treatment. The masseuse may not agree to treatment without written consent from the physician. It’s important to seek a massage therapist that is experienced and understands the healing process in order to have a successful outcome of treatment.
Process of Treatment
Before the therapist begins treatment they verify some medical information including: any medications the patient is on; general health questions such as age, nutrition and fitness; any plates, wires or pins in the fractured area; and any other types of injuries that have occurred. As treatment continues over time and the injury improves, problems such as tissue deterioration and altered biomechanics will be considered. Because of this, treatment may vary as time progresses.
General Benefits of Massage Therapy
There are numerous physical and mental health benefits that can come from a massage therapy session. Typically, massages reduce stress and anxiety while enhancing relaxation. High stress levels can have a negative impact on pre-existing health issues or cause more medical problems for some people. Researchers say that nearly 80% of diseases are related to stress. Research shows that massage therapy does have a positive effect on individuals with high stress levels by helping them relax and reduce the anxiety they may feel during the day. It is also said that massage stimulates endorphins in the brain causing the patient to feel happier. Massage therapy can also improve sleep patterns which reduces fatigue at work and increases energy levels. Some techniques are used to reduce physical pain and rehabilitate athletes or injuries. A minor injury in an accident or sporting event can have a big impact on an individual’s ability to maintain an active lifestyle. Different types of massages can also improve circulation and function of the immune system. During a massage there are a lot of movements that stimulate the flow of blood in muscles and joints. Enhancing circulation can actually speed up the body’s healing process.