Essential qualities of rehabilitation massage

Rehabilitation massage is a form which is especially popular in the sports industry. Its main purpose is to facilitate better blood to areas which have been injured and consequently, loosen the muscles and guarantee a faster recovery. One of its benefits is that it helps to prepare the injured person for more aggressive methods of treatment by preparing the muscles so as to avoid unnecessary strain on the injury.

In rehabilitation massage, the area is stroked lightly for about 10 minutes in a regular fashion. The stroking is directed in the direction of blood flow which is towards the heart. This is a great method especially when the injury is still new and raw.

Another effective method is whereby you use your fingers, knuckles of the whole hand to apply pressure by kneading the skin and the underlying muscles firmly and in regular motions. This helps to reduce inflammation in the injured area.

Photo: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/

Photo: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/

Regular stretching involving the injured area needs to be done so as to exercise the muscles and also to relax them. rehabilitation massage helps in speedy recovery because it helps to provide oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, helps muscles and tendons affected to regain their strength and also removes any waste products which may be found within the tissue. Its main difference from most ordinary massage techniques is that it goes very deep into the muscles which is necessary for sporty people who have participated extensively in intense action.

It is important to exercise caution with this form of massage because of its deep tissue nature. Therapists who do it need to be licensed specifically for rehabilitation massage.

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