Common Injuries That Massage Can Help With
Whether you lead a healthy and active lifestyle, or a sedentary one, you will more than likely experience at least one type of muscle or soft tissue related injury in your lifetime. Massage therapy in Leeds can be an excellent way to not only reduce the pain that these injuries may cause, but also treat the injury by breaking down scar tissue, improving circulation, and lengthening tissues while they heal. Below are some of the most common injuries that can experience positive benefits from massage therapy.
Pain in the lower back
With so many people working within an office environment today, it isn’t any wonder that lower back pain is so common. Jobs that are primarily spent seated causes pressure to the back muscles, and more importantly the spine. Poor posture while sitting such as slouching, will increase this pressure and in turn cause more serious lower back problems.
What is truly unfortunate about lower back pain is that in many cases it is completely avoidable. Doing things such as maintaining a good posture and/or using and ergonomic chair that’s been properly adjusted to accommodate your body shape can significantly reduce the risk of pain or injury to the lower back. Using a standing or sit-stand desk can also help to reduce the risk of back pain. If you’re currently suffering from back pain due to poor posture from sitting, it is important that you start practicing good posture right away, you may also want to consult with a sports massage therapist in Leeds on what the best course of massage therapy treatment would work best for you.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
RSI, also referred to as repetitive strain injury, is a common injury in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle, and is believed to be primarily caused from overuse of specific body parts including the soft tissues of the shoulders, arms, neck, back, and hands. RSI symptoms can include tightness, numbness, and tingling in the affected areas.
RSI is another common injury associated with office or desk jobs and can be reduced by using ergonomic equipment as well as lightly gripping office tools such as the mouse, or barcode scanner. Taking several small breaks and stretching throughout the day can reduce the risk of RSI and RSI related symptoms. If you’re in need of a deep tissue massage in Leeds or Leeds city centre, search for a massage therapist who can best treat your RSI symptoms with the appropriate massage techniques.
Soft tissue injury
Soft tissue injury refers to a wide range of injury affecting the soft tissue. Soft tissue injuries include:
- Muscle strain
- A range of tendon injuries
- Ligament strains
- Muscle strains
- Injury to the myofascial tissue
These examples of soft tissue damage are often caused from sports or exercise, but can also be as a result of injury caused by an accident or fall.
Soft tissue injury can be very serious, and more often than not will require medical attention, however a massage therapist in Leeds may be able to offer some relief by applying indirect massage near the surrounding areas.