How Can Massage Therapy Help Your Sprained Ankle?
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.
So, when should you have an ankle massage? Well, if you have a light massage you can start treatment two to three days after you injure your ankle. If you need a deeper massage, then it is advised that you wait seven days before you start treatment.
The massage therapist (moi) will check for broken bones, open wounds, skin infections, tendon ruptures, and chilblains, etc. before the massage can begin. You will not be able to receive the treatment if you have any of these contraindications.
So, what should you expect when you get an ankle massage? Well, you will be seated in a comfortable position. Your foot with the sprained ankle will be stretched out. The massage therapist will then start massaging slightly away from the injury and gradually work their way closer to the injury. You might feel pain or discomfort during the massage; however, if the pain becomes unbearable you need to tell your massage therapist.
So, as you can see, massage therapy is an ideal sprained ankle treatment. I promise you, as long as you choose an experienced and qualified massage therapist, you will be happy with the results.
As you can see, I’ve mentioned Christmas a lot in this post. Well, as it happens, I have a Christmas Deal for you.
To help you deal with Christmas stress or as an early present to yourself, I’m offering a £5 off deal on all of my massages. You must be quick with claiming this deal because it’ll end on the 18th December.
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