Therapeutic Massages for Spinal Cord Injuries
There is just something about living near the beach that is very special, and Pompano Beach is no different. The sand, waves, and sun make it a location that is full of fun. However, few things can stop the ability to enjoy this splendid part of the planet more quickly than an automobile or motorcycle accident.
Those who have been the victim of such an unfortunate circumstance can face both short and long-term injuries that require a period of recovery. One of the most common post-accident traumas that those who have been involved in a collision face is a spinal cord injury (SCI). Injuries to the spine can cause a myriad of problems including chronic pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, and loss of function in the body.
Practitioners who specialize in helping those with spinal cord injuries heal typically utilize a variety of techniques, such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. Here at Impact Medical in Pompano Beach, our treatment team can holistically treat each SCI patient we see with the above modalities and more to ensure them the fullest recovery possible.
Out of the treatment options we use for spinal cord injuries, massage therapy is a highly effective choice that is also a client favorite. We’d like to take a few minutes to discuss how therapeutic massages can be a superior component in the care plan for an SCI patient, as it offers many notable benefits.
IMPROVED RANGE OF MOTION (ROM)
The pain and trauma resulting from a spinal cord injury can often inhibit the range of motion for an accident victim. Whether it is an issue with spinal cord swelling, malalignment, infection, or scar tissue, post-collision reduced ROM can negatively impact a sufferer’s quality of life. Massage therapy is an excellent technique for helping to bring back full range of motion functioning by helping your damaged muscles regain their strength and flexibility.
LOWER PAIN LEVELS
Those who are in recovery for an SCI battle both the pain of the injury and the resulting discomfort that often arises from having to lead a much more sedentary lifestyle during the healing process. Massage therapy can go a long way in helping to control the pain caused by this situation. This type of treatment helps to stretch tight muscles, remove knots, and break down harmful scar tissue. Massage is also great for mental health, as it releases endorphins…aka the body’s feel-good hormones, that help to lower stress and improve feelings of well-being.
BETTER MUSCLE TONE AND FUNCTION
For patients with spinal cord damage, the loss of muscle elasticity, tone, and control are all common complaints. Regular massage therapy by a highly trained medical massage therapist like the team we employ at Impact Medical in Pompano Beach can be a key component in recovery. Massage can improve muscle tone and functioning and even help strengthen weak areas.
Spinal cord injuries are well-known for compromising circulation, especially to the extremities. This reduction of blood flow can lead to some less than pleasant side effects including chronic pain, numbness/tingling, and dangerous blood clots. Massage helps to “wake up” these areas of low blood flow which then can help the above-mentioned symptoms to resolve. Also, the benefit of better circulation lasts long after you have left the massage table.
While we sincerely hope that you are never the victim of a spinal cord injury after an automobile or motorcycle accident, we want you to know that you do not have to suffer needlessly from your injuries. The friendly and knowledgeable team at Impact Medical in Pompano Beach is ready to meet with you and develop a treatment plan to get you back on your feet again. Don’t live in pain any longer. Call us today!