Chances are, if you have chronic muscle spasms in the upper back and neck, stiff and painful shoulders, or tingling in your arms or hands, you may have an RSI. If you experience pain, tightness, or weakness in these areas, and “push through the pain” ignoring what your body is trying to tell you, your risk the chance of causing serious injury and increasing your recovery time to boot.
Even if you are just beginning to notice tingling, numbness or weakness in these areas, it is essential to get treatment early and maintain treatment through self-care therapy.
How Massage Helps
The process of healing an RSI can take time and requires rest. However, massage can be especially helpful in speeding recovery. A skilled Massage Therapist is trained in bodywork techniques that manipulate the release of knots and painful trigger points in muscles and tendons. As a result, increased blood flow to the muscles and greater pliability to the damages tissue will help you heal faster while decreasing the pain RSI can cause.
Using adjunct therapies such as cold, moist heat, or the application of topical analgesics, your Massage Therapist can further help reduce swelling, release and stretch tight tissues and reintroduce you to your easy moving, pain-free self.
You can further maintain these results through self-care instructions that your therapist may give you at the end of your session. These may include ice therapy, Epsom salt soaks, the addition of specific stretches to your daily routine and a program of regular massage therapy sessions to help reverse the problem.
You don’t have to live with pain. There are ways to treat and maintain your wellness and keep you feeling young. Choose to listen to your body, and when the need should arise, treat it with the proper attention it deserves.
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John Aaron Villarreal
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