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Orthopedic Massage Therapy is a specialized sort of massage that promotes injury rehabilitation of muscles and soft tissues. Its goal is to alleviate pain while creating a fuller range of motion as it prepares the body to return to its normal activities.
Generally, clients seek a massage therapist when they are experiencing pain from an acute injury or recent operation. Also from muscle strains due to repetitive motion from an activity such as sports and exercise. Lengthening and softening injured muscles surrounding joints and ligaments is the intent of the orthopedic massage, allowing it to create a better range of motion.
Orthopedic Massage is particularly helpful to those patients who have undergone surgery such as ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction, and hip or knee replacement. Injuries like muscle sprain as well as damage ligaments can also benefit from this massage.
At the beginning of the session, your therapist will assess your injury or problem particularly the motion limitations, flexibility and rotation of the tissues. By doing this, your therapist can ascertain which group of muscles and tendons are involved and figure out the technique that will best address the problem.
After the session, make sure to take plenty of water as keeping hydrated can support healing.
Your therapist will likely give you exercises and stretching advice you can do at home so make sure you do it!