How Medical Massage Helps Ankle Pain
Ankle pain and injury are not issues reserved solely for athletes. In the United States, more than 25,000 people deal with ankle sprains or pain every day. Studies show that somewhere around 40 percent of ankle sprains are not treated correctly or are misdiagnosed, which leads to disability or chronic ankle pain.
When the ankle does not function properly, it can affect the entire body. The muscles on either side of the leg or even under the foot can become sore or painful. This can lead to loss of mobility, an uneven gait, and hip and back pain.
Anatomy of the Ankle
Three bones connect to the joint that is the ankle. The lower ends of the tibia (shinbone) and the fibula (small bone in the lower leg) meet to form a socket that the talus (ankle bone) sits in.
The bottom of the talus rests on the calcaneus (heel bone). There is about an inch-thick lining of somewhat soft cartilage in the joint, which provides shock absorption for carrying body weight, but it is tough and durable so that, provided there is no injury, it will last for a lifetime.
The bones are held together by ligaments and the muscles are attached to the bones by tendons. When there is an injury, it can impact the bone, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Treatment for Ankle Injury and Pain
The typical treatment for ankle pain, such as with a sprain, is R.I.C.E., which is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A somewhat newer treatment approach replaces the R with an M, meaning that instead of rest, movement is required instead.
However, it is important that the movement is done safely and carefully. Certain types of ankle injuries can be exacerbated by movement so it should be approached with care.
Other types of traditional treatment include varying methods of pain control from ibuprofen to opioids. Severe injuries, such as a torn ligament, may require surgery. When a patient experiences ankle pain, an x-ray is often used to see if there is an injury and to determine the extent of that injury. Sometimes, an x-ray is not able to see the injury. In such cases, an MRI may be used. If you have gone through the proper course of diagnosis and find yourself left with pain, massage therapy could be your answer.
Medical Massage for Ankle Pain
Medical Massage is very effective for treating foot and ankle pain. The massage therapist will begin by assessing the patient’s source of pain. Massage for ankles can help reduce pain without prescription medication and the associated side effects. This alone is often a great draw for many patients. However, there are other benefits that massage can provide for ankle pain.
Regular massage treatment can help strengthen the ankle and increase its stability while increasing mobility and flexibility. Massage treatments done on a consistent basis facilitates blood flow, which speeds healing and reduces the chance of injury.
Medical massage is a very effective therapy for treating ankle pain and injury. It is non-invasive and a natural approach to healing that allows the body to heal itself.
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Dr. Christina 🙂