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Hello, my name is Cindy. I live in the suburbs of Sydney with my family. Although I would occasionally visit the doctor when I was feeling too good or if one of the children had a cold. However, my whole view on doctors changed when I found a lump on breast last year. I went to my GP in a panic, but he was a real sweetie. He calmed me down and explained he would refer me for a further investigation. Thankfully, they caught my cancer early and after some treatment, I made a full recovery. Since this close call, I have taken a keen interest in everything health related.

The Ways Remedial Massage Heals Your Sports Injuries


While many people associate massage with spas and relaxation, there's an approach that involves promoting your body's natural healing process to reduce pain and injury. Remedial massage targets areas that cause your pain, allowing you to return to a normal range of movement and everyday activities faster than when you engage in no treatment. In addition to having their uses in chronic pain therapy, remedial massages are an excellent use for combatting sports injuries too.

It draws oxygen to the area of the injury

Your muscles receive oxygen in the same way as the rest of your body; through steady blood flow. Your masseuse will target the injury area using deep massage techniques, which promote extra blood flow to the site. When injured areas of your body receive oxygen, they experience:

  • An increase in cell proliferation, which means cells multiply faster
  • A reduction in bacteria that thrive in oxygen-free environments
  • More collagen synthesis, which is a major structural protein in your body
  • Angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood cells

It stabilises lymphatic flow in the area 

When you encounter an injury, fluid begins to gather in the area, which increases the swelling and the pain you experience. While this fluid plays a role in isolating injured areas to keep them free from bacteria, too much causes unnecessary pain and may reduce your function, which leads to stiff joints later on. With the right movements, your masseuse will balance lymphatic delivery and drainage in the area, allowing your body to achieve the balance it needs to promote healing and reduce pain.

It reduces tension, allowing you to move more

When you experience pain, your natural response is to protect the area, which may include reducing your movements. While this has some short-term benefits in terms of comfort, the long-term risks can include reduced muscle mass and stiff joints, which can worsen the injury. Your masseuse will release the tension in the area, allowing you to achieve a greater range of movement. When you move around more, you strengthen your muscles and promote better blood flow, allowing for a faster healing process.

No two remedial massages are the same, which means your masseuse will tailor yours to the injury you're suffering from. In order for them to do this, they'll consult with you before starting the treatment. In some cases, you may find that more than one session is necessary to achieve the healing benefits you need. 


28 June 2017