Massage around the injury site will improve circulation to the area, which in turn speeds up the rate of healing by: reducing oedema, speeding up the removal of metabolic waste and improving the uptake of healing nutirents to the damaged tissue. When the acute inflammation period is over, Massage can be applied directly to the injury site to encourage the correct alignment of scar tissue and to prevent unwanted adhesions.
Injury and pain can lead to a variety of destructive compensatory patterns in areas of the body remote from the original trauma site. For example, muscles of the unafffected limb will take over the load from the injured area and muscles surrounding the actual injury site will contract, forming a protective muscular “splint”. Both situations lead to excessive tension and a secondary overuse injury may occur over time.