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Treat Slip and Fall Injuries with Seattle Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

by Thrive on 14 July 2012 at 18:10

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Many Americans suffer from injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents.  Most figures estimate that more than 1 million people suffer a significant slip or fall each year.  As we age, the probability of debilitating slip and fall injury increases significantly, with more than 55 percent of people over the age of 40 having suffered at least one debilitating injury due to a fall.falling or slipping can have painful outcomes, get Seattle massage

Injuries suffered during a fall can cause excruciating pain and limit your ability to participate in activities you enjoy.  Even sleeping can be painful in some cases.  After a fall, many people simply attempt to “wait out” the pain.  Many injuries heal on their own, but even those that heal without treatment often leave you in pain or unable to work, sleep or play for weeks at a time.  Toughing it out is not your only option.
Deep tissue massage therapy can help speed recovery from many injuries, including those suffered in slip and fall accidents.  No matter what type of injury you have suffered, it is likely that deep tissue massage will be able to help you heal and reduce the amount of pain you feel.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy uses specific stroking techniques to help realign layers of muscle and connective tissue found deep below the skin.  Many injuries suffered in a fall cause stiffness, and sore or damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Deep tissue massage therapy uses slow and powerful strokes to help the healing process begin.

Many times, soft tissue injuries suffered during a fall will develop bands of rigid and painful tissue known as adhesions or scar tissue.  When an adhesion develops, it can cause pain, inflammation, limit your movement and even block circulation.  To put it simply, adhesions not only cause you pain; they also slow the healing process.

The stroking techniques used in deep tissue massage therapy help alleviate pain and promote proper healing by breaking adhesions down.  Depending on the injury, a practitioner may use strokes that apply deep pressure to the injured area, slow and powerful strokes that create friction against the grain of the muscle, or a combination of these techniques.  The strength and power of the stroking techniques allow the therapist to break apart the adhesions causing the pain.

Unlike other forms of classic massage therapy, the primary focus of deep tissue massage is not relaxation or stress reduction.  Instead, the goal of this type of massage is to focus on a specific problem area and help repair it.

What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?

There are many benefits to deep tissue massage.  Aside from helping promote faster and proper healing of soft tissue injuries, the therapy may also help you increase flexibility and strength, along with a number of other health benefits.

Below is a sampling of some of the injuries deep tissue massage can help treat:

• Chronic back pain caused by a fall or other injury
• Sore neck and shoulders
• Limited movement caused by a slip, fall or other injury
• Sprains to ankles, wrists and other joints
• Strains and tears to muscles, tendons and ligaments
• Problems with posture
• Muscle tension and spasms
• Soft tissue injuries related to falls and other accidents

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

seattle-deep-tissue-massage-for-slipsOne of the most frequently asked questions about deep tissue massage is if it hurts.  Most people do report a very mild discomfort as some point during the massage.  This is normal.  Treating soft tissue injuries with this type of massage therapy requires that significant pressure be applied to the injured area in order to break down adhesions.

The pressure used during the massage may cause discomfort.  It is important that you tell your therapist when you experience pain outside of your normal comfort zone.  That way they can alter their technique or avoid certain areas if needed.

It is also possible that you will experience stiffness or very mild pain the first day following a deep tissue massage session.  Applying ice to the area can help relieve any inflammation or discomfort you experience.

Seattle’s Thrive Healing Massage is here to Help

The licensed massage therapists at Thrive Healing Massage understand the pain you’re suffering.  Before entering the field of massage therapy, many of them were introduced to massage because of injuries they had suffered.  Each of our deep tissue massage therapists are highly trained and capable of providing you with the treatment you need to get back to your pre-injury lifestyle.  If you have suffered an injury due to a fall or other accident, we can help.  Give us a call (206) 547-5677 or make an appointment so you can start down the road to recovery.

 

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