As a Sports Massage Therapist, my objective in the treatment of injury will be to optimise your range of movement, facilitate your return to full function, reduce the risk of re-injury and help you to return to your pre-injury performance through assisting you to heal your body.
The human body is incredible - the ability to heal and regenerate damaged tissue is amazing, but in order to optimise this process you need to also take action.
Working alongside your other health professionals and fitness coaches, your Sports Massage Therapist can support you to return to your pre-injury performance as long as treatment is provided swiftly and advice is firmly taken and adhered to. If, as follow up advice from your Sports Massage Therapist, you have been advised to rest and ice your injury, this advice is to help you to help your body to heal properly and as quickly as possible. If you do not follow this advice, you can't really expect to return to your pre –injury performance. The severity of injury and quality of subsequent treatment will determine the length of your healing timeline, but following the advice of your massage therapist, physio or other professional is crucial. If they give you exercises to strengthen the area around the joint, this may come as a surprise but you need to actually do the exercises. Intention is very powerful but in the case of healing an injury it's not enough!
I'm going to be posting a series of blogs and Facebook Lives about healing your body and more, so stay tuned.