Massage Therapy for Knee and Leg Pain in Seattle
Are you dealing with knee or leg pain? Knee and leg pain can be caused by a variety of different things, including overuse, poor form during physical activity, neglecting to stretch correctly, or not warming up or cooling down before and after a workout. Additionally, being overweight or obese can put you at an even higher risk of becoming injured during physical activity. While simple knee and leg pain may go away on its own, more serious or persistent pain may need to be treated by massage therapy.
Thrive Healing Massage in Seattle, specializes in sports injuries as well as common stress or overuse injuries. There are massage treatments available to treat certain types of knee and leg pain, and massage can be used as an excellent supplement to a doctor prescribed physical therapy plan. As a general rule, if you’ve been experiencing pain in your knee or leg for more than a week, you should go and see your physician. A doctor will help you to diagnose what could be causing the pain, and our Seattle massage may be recommended.
Our Seattle Massage Techniques for Knee and Leg Pain Relief
Massage in Seattle can help to reduce the stress that is being put on your body’s tissues. After continued use, an isolated part of the body can become stressed and damaged if it is being used disproportionately or without proper stretches, warm-ups, etc. Swedish massage is particularly useful in these instances, because the process involves using long, gentle strokes and kneading, making blood rush to the affected areas and begins a healing process. Thrive Healing Massage is a certified Swedish massage facility, and our massage therapists are happy to take on new clients.
Other massage techniques that might be useful for treating knee and leg pain include Myofascial Release, Rolfing, and Active Isolated Stretching. Myofascial Release is the process of releasing tightly wound tissue stretching around the muscle (fascia). Rolfing is very deep bodywork that usually relieves general muscle stress and tension within ten high intensity sessions. Finally, Active Isolated Stretching is a type of preventative or reparative method that reduces tension, mostly in the legs.
Some patients dealing with leg or knee pain find that self-massage is incredibly beneficial when done in conjunction with professional massage. In between massage sessions, patients can self-massage using a variety of massage lotions that can be found at health or drug stores. Obviously, self-massage is not as relaxing or as beneficial as a professional massage from a Thrive therapist, but it can help to keep the muscles and ligaments loose and encourage blood flow to the area. Other things to add into your wellness routine include hot baths, regular stretching, and perhaps weight loss.
Signs Your Knee and Joint Pain May Require Medical Attention
So when does knee and leg pain become severe? Generally, if you’ve been in pain for more than one week, you should seek medical attention. In addition to that rule of thumb, there are other symptoms that indicate you might need immediate medical attention. Generally these symptoms include:
- the inability to bear weight on your knee or leg
- severe pain that disrupts your daily life
- your knee buckles, clicks or locks in a way that is unfamiliar to you
- your knee or leg becomes deformed or changes shape
- you notice pain, swelling, tingling, or bluish discoloration in the calf below the knee
- your pain persists even after taking over-the-counter medication or resting the area for three days
Common Injuries or Conditions Causing Knee and Leg Pain
Some common reasons for knee pain include arthritis, Baker’s cyst, Bursitis, kneecap dislocation, illiotibial band syndrome, infection, anterior cruciate ligament injury, tendinitis, torn cartilage, torn ligament (ACL tear), strains and sprains. Other less severe causes of leg pain include inflammation of the tissues or issues with the alignment of your spine. You could be experiencing leg pain due to pre-existing conditions in your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves or skin. Only a doctor will be able to consult with you and figure out which diagnosis is most accurate for you, and usually will refer you to our Seattle massage therapy clinic .
Trauma Injuries That Benefit from Seattle Massage
Leg pain due to trauma is perhaps the most obvious of all the causes, and one of the most common. If you’ve recently suffered from a fall, near fall, or twisted your leg, then trauma is probably the cause of your pain. Trauma from falling can affect the bones, muscles or joints in your leg, and in some cases all three. In addition, pinched nerves in the spine can cause sciatica which shows itself as sharp or dull pain that goes from the lower back down the length of the leg. It could be sharp and shooting during certain activities and then dull out when pressure is somehow alleviated from the nerve. Our Seattle Massage Therapists are highly knowledgeable with this painful condition known as sciatica.
Being healthy and active can be a great thing for your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. However, if you consistently exercise in the same way without taking measures to prevent muscle, bone, or ligament overuse, then you could wind up with serious implications. Overuse injuries are essentially the building up of minor trauma over a long period of time. Some examples of overuse injuries include fractures, shin splints, and ligament injuries, bleeding of the tissues and joints, and compartment syndrome.
If you’re experiencing chronic knee or leg pain, Thrive Healing Massage in Seattle is here to help. We have worked with athletes and regular people, and have an outstanding reputation in the community. Our massage Seattle office has even worked with professional sports teams to help them achieve the highest level of physical wellness. We work one-on-one with you to determine your problem areas, whether it be due to injury or stress. Our professional Seattle massage therapists will even give you a customized plan to help you get your pain under control and your life back in order.
Have Knee or Leg Pain? Call our Seattle Massage Therapists Today
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If you are currently experiencing leg or knee pain, we also recommend that you increase your activity level slowly over time, and only when the pain goes away. Warming up before exercise is incredibly beneficial, because it gets the muscles working properly before they undergo maximum use. Stretching and cool downs are also helpful, especially for the quadriceps and hamstrings. Our Seattle massage therapists can help you to formulate a cool down routine that fits the type of workouts you prefer to do. Finally, wear good sneakers. Having the correct support under your feet can help prevent injuries from pre-existing foot problems and spinal alignment issues. Call us today at 206-547-5677 or contact us to set up a Seattle massage therapy appointment.
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