When injured muscles and tendons cells degenerate, they tighten and release chemicals into the area. Sometimes this is seen as swelling. These chemicals are perceived by the brain as an injury, and you perceive pain to stop using these muscles to protect them so they can recover.
A hand therapist at The Hands Physio uses therapeutic massage to:
- release tight muscles and tendons
- alleviate tension in muscle and tendons
- break up adhesions, scars, knots in different tissues
- improve range of motion
- reduce swelling
- improve circulation
- alleviate pain
Massage helps to remove these chemicals by improving the blood supply to the injured area, so healthy nutrients are supplied to the area, so healing is faster. This kind of massage covers the large areas of muscle tissue and always directs the fluids towards the lymphatic drainage system of the upper limb. By improving your circulation and the blood supply to the tissues, along with the friction of the massage, heat is produced which provides pain relief and comfort.
Deep tissue and friction massage is a technique of massage focused on a specific area to release mini-scars and adhesions. This helps to improve the range of motion of your joints and any joint pain, by releasing the stuck or knotted tissues.