This is part 5 of a 10-part series, entitled, “Downtown Vancouver Massage Therapist Responds to 10 FAQs”. Click here for the previous post.
Question #5: I’m really sore, I just hurt myself. Should I wait until it feels better before I come in?
You should come right away because your massage therapist will be able to give you advice on how you can recover as quickly as possible. The approach will vary according to the injury. For example, Whiplash takes up to 2 weeks to feel its full affects. You do not want to wait until it feels really bad to come in. With massage therapy, a lot of the pain and ongoing stiffness can be avoided. If you sprain your ankle and the area is acute and swollen, you will want to use the R.I.C.E immediately. Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. Your treatment will be focused on the compensating structures – the areas around the injury that have tightened in response to the injury. Once the initial swelling has decreased, then your RMT will be able to rehabilitate the injury and get you quickly on the road to recovery.
Do you have questions about a recent injury?