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How Can Massage Therapy Help Your Sprained Ankle?

November 22, 2017

Wow, everyone, it’s nearly end of November. That means it’s nearly Christmas and the start of Christmas shopping fever.



However, thanks to the cold and wet weather making the floors slippery, you might experience an injury known as a sprained ankle. And an injury to your ankle can make Christmas shopping even more challenging.

Now, you might believe that a sprained ankle is not a big deal, but an injury to your ankle can cause you a lot of pain and discomfort. So today I will be telling you how massage therapy is an ideal sprained ankle treatment.


What is an Ankle Sprain?


What is an ankle sprain? That’s a good question. An ankle sprain is when you hurt the ligaments that surround and connect the leg bones to the feet. An ankle sprain is caused by your foot twisting or rolling in an awkward direction which forces your ankle into an abnormal position. From this injury you might experience the following symptoms: swelling, tenderness, bruising, pain, inability to put weight on the ankle, skin discolouration, and stiffness.



So, what do you do if you have sprained your ankle? Well, firstly you should visit your doctor. The doctor will do tests to confirm the ankle sprain. And once you know you have a sprain, you can find ways to treat the sprain, for example, an massage.


How Can Massage Therapy Help Your Sprained Ankle?


While muscles can be easily healed, tendons, ligaments, and joints can take months and sometimes even years (I know, that’s a long time, right?) to heal. So that means you must seek help and advice for your ankle as soon as possible.

Massage therapy can effectively treat injuries to your ankle, in mild to moderate cases. And there’s more than one type of massage you can try to help treat your sprained ankle:

  • Remedial massage – this is ideal for preventing and treating muscle injuries, pain, and soreness. Soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia respond to touch, and because pain is more myofascial (soft tissue) in origin, a remedial massage will work for an ankle sprain.

  • Cross friction massage – this is one of the best types of treatment for an ankle sprain because it is known to prevent scar tissue from forming, and internal scar tissue can form after an injury.

  • Deep tissue massage – this concentrates on rearranging the deeper tissue layers of your muscles and connective tissues. It is an ideal treatment for persistently tense and contracted areas.

  • Sports massage – this massage’s goal is to reduce the stress and tension which builds up in the soft tissues of your body after repeated physical activity.

  • Dry needling (medical acupuncture) – this isn't a massage, but it can help a sprained ankle. During this treatment, either solid filiform needles (acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles are inserted into the correct trigger points in the ankle to stimulate blood flow. 


So, how is massage therapy an effective sprained ankle treatment? Well, it can do the following:


  • Prevent scar tissue from developing

  • Reduce swelling in the ankle and help speed up fresh blood to the area for healing

  • Helps to relieve tension in the muscles

  • Can stabilise the movement around the joints

  • It can check to see if the problem is actually in the ankle – the massage therapist will look at your posture, hips, and knees, etc. to see if there is any dysfunction in how you use your body.


When Should You Get an Ankle Massage?


Now, before you go to a massage therapist, you MUST seek medical advice. The doctor is needed to confirm that you do have a sprained ankle. Okay, so now we got that warning out of the way, let’s talk about the process of getting an ankle massage.