This type of massage is used after an injury and inflammation occurs -- for example, you’ve hurt yourself lifting something, you've fallen or experienced
pain after a work-out. This modality is also useful for older injures where you’ve been hurt somehow and after many months, or even years, there is still pain or limited mobility.
The theory behind rehab massage is slightly different for new and old injuries. For new injuries, massage immediately helps the connective tissue heal so it remains strong and healthy. In old injuries, connective tissue has built up and stuck together, creating a pattern of inflexibility and weakness. If an injury is left unattended, it may never break free of the pain cycle, and even though it heals after months or years, the tissues aren’t fully recovered. With Rehab massage, that connective tissue is broken down and lengthened to rebuild and move freely. This relieves pain and increases range of motion. Massage helps the soft tissues recover properly.
How this modality
worked for a client
A recent client is a rock-climber and had to have surgery on both shoulders. A year after the surgeries he was using them and still climbing, but they hurt constantly. He used pain medication when it was bad enough and he tried seeing doctors to see if they could help. Eventually he concluded that he would just live with the pain his whole life. Then he came to me and received the rehabilitative treatments, and after three sessions, the pain in his shoulders was gone.