What is ‘Clinical Massage’?
Clinical Massage is used to help relieve (and in some cases resolve) pain of diagnosed injuries in the soft tissue. Some examples are; carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, runner’s knee, low back pain, sprains, strains, shin splints, whiplash, and planter fasciitis. In all these cases, Clinical Massage is employed during the RECOVERY phase of the injury. If there is inflammation, the injury is not in the recovery phase and massage could do more harm than good. But once the inflammation has passed, Clinical Massage works to break up scar tissue and mislaid collagen fibers. It simultaneously stretches and relaxes traumatized muscles and relieves pain.
In repetitive motion injuries (such as carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, and planter fasciitis), the pain comes from the body bringing in more and more collagen fibers to repair tiny tears that occur each time you do that motion. What Clinical Massage does in that case is breaks up those excessive and often poorly laid fibers. Ice is sometimes used to slow down the healing process which helps them to be laid down correctly and relieves pain.
The #1 way to help repetitive motion injuries is to stop doing the motion for an extended period, but if your job requires it, that’s a difficult proposition that we can discuss during your appointment.
Clinical Massage can be a huge benefit to anyone suffering from soft tissue injuries.