Lower back muscle strains - Aside from neck injuries, injuries to the lower back account for a significant percentage of auto-related and work-related injuries. Soft tissue injuries in the lower back can be debilitating because the lower back is responsible for stabilizing and supporting numerous movements and functions.
Sciatica - Sciatica is one of the most common injuries that affects the lower back, pelvis, and legs. When an injury causes a muscle spasm, the damaged or over-worked muscle presses against the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), resulting in mild to excruciating pain, numbness, and muscle weakness that travels behind the glutes, down into the back of the leg, and into the foot.
Many people who work desk jobs and drive vehicles for a living develop sciatica as a result.
Shoulder injuries - Soft tissue sprains and strains in the shoulder can result in pain, numbness and tingling, and weakness. Shoulder injuries can occur in auto accidents and work accidents, but are especially prevalent among athletes. Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common sports-related injuries.
Arm, wrist, and hand injuries - Often the result of gripping the steering wheel when an auto accident occurs, arm, wrist, and hand injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon) can cause mild to severe pain and discomfort, muscle weakness, and limited function and range of motion.
These injuries are incredible common work injuries resulting from repetitive motions like typing, lifting objects, rotating the arm and wrist, and carrying heavy trays above the shoulders. Athletes also experience carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis as a result of overuse without properly stretching before and after a physical activity, injuries from falls, and repetitive motions.
Common Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries
The most common symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries may include:
- Mild to severe pain and discomfort
- Muscle and joint stiffness and ache
- Inflammation and swelling
- Muscle tension
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness, tingling, and pins-and-needles sensation
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Increased stress and anxiety
- Interference with normal sleep patterns
- Worsening pain at night
- And more
Massage for Auto Injuries
Massage therapy is beneficial for auto injury recovery in a number of ways. Because an auto collision causes the body to jar in sudden and unusual movements, this can overextend muscles and soft tissues in the neck, back, and extremities, leading to painful injuries. In fact, the most common injuries people suffer in car accidents are muscle and soft tissue injuries of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The trouble with soft tissue injuries is they often place additional pressure on nerves in the body, which causes pain and discomfort. There are many other symptoms (listed above) associated with soft tissue injuries, too, which can limit range of motion and movement, and impair proper nerve function.
Massage for Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are varied and can be caused by a number of movements, actions, and person-to-person, person-to-object, and person-to-surface collisions. Massage therapy is essential for athletes healing from an injury because the different healing techniques your Overland Park massage therapist uses can stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow, relieve pain, and alleviate muscle tensions, all of which can reduce the added pressure on nerves in your body. Improved circulation can help an athlete heal from an injury quicker because oxygen and nutrients can be transported to damaged tissues in order repair tissue cells.
Additionally, better circulation helps the body dispose of toxins and lactic acid that cling to muscles and soft tissues. Massage for sports injury recovery can condition the muscles in conjunction with rehabilitative exercises and stretches, gentle chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other treatments to aid in injury healing and recovery.
Massage for Work Injuries
Soft tissues are among the most common type of work-related injuries, accounting for about 33 percent of all workers comp injuries. Whether these injuries are caused by overuse, repetitive motions, heavy lifting, typing, sitting or standing for extended periods of time, slip and falls, or falling objects, workers are at risk from a variety of injuries. Some of the most common soft tissue injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, muscle strains, lower back injuries, neck injuries, epicondylitis, and rotator cuff injuries.
Your Overland Park massage therapist can apply different forms of muscle work and at different pressure levels to help you manage pain, improve range of motion, and improve and/or restore function.
If you are experiencing pain caused by an auto accident, sports injury, or work-related injury, massage therapy can help your heal and recover so that you can get back to living your life to the fullest. Whether you are seeking pain relief from whiplash, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other injury, call Adjust Your Health Chiropractic to schedule an appointment for medical massage. We are here to assist our residents living in Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Olathe, Lenexa, and the surrounding areas with effective massage therapy treatments and gentle chiropractic care. Give us a call today and begin your journey to healing.