Types of Fractures and How Massage Can Help
Fractures can involve either a partial or complete break in your bones. There are open or compound fractures, characterized by the bone poking through the skin, and there are closed or simple fractures that leave the skin intact.
If you have a bone fracture from a sports injury, car accident, or simply from tripping over your own dog in the yard, the doctor may tell you the type of fracture you have. You may have a greenstick, which is an incomplete fracture where some of the bone is broken while the other side bends.
A transverse fracture is when the break is in a straight line across the length of the bone. A spiral break is common in an injury with twisting, with the break spiraling around the bone. Oblique fractures run diagonally across the bone while a compression break is when the bone is crushed.
Regardless of the type of fracture, it’s going to hurt and you’re going to need to take time to recover. Once you get treatment for your bone fracture, another thing you can do in the meantime while you wait 4 to 6 weeks for your bones to heal is get a massage.
Believe it or not, massages can be very helpful when you have a bone fracture. Here’s how they can assist in your recovery.
Stimulates Blood Flow
With light massage, you can help reduce inflammation while enhancing the function of healing cells at your injury site. Massages can reduce the chance for stiff tissue to form around your injury. Keeping it flexible is the key to ensure proper movement once you get your cast removed.
Provides Gentle Stretching
Using light massage can gently stretch your skin without moving the bone. This can be helpful where you have ligaments, tendons, or bones in a splint to let them heal in the right way.
Relief for Overworked Muscles
With the help of a massage therapist, you can relieve those overworked muscles that are compensating for your injury. For example, if you’re using crutches to get around, you could easily develop tendonitis in your shoulders. Massage can easily keep things flexible and healthy as those other muscle groups step in to assist.
If you are going to schedule a massage, make sure you let your massage professional know about your bone fracture beforehand. It helps to choose one that has experience with orthopedic injuries and lymphatic massage techniques so they can safely use their skills to enhance your healing.
There’s no need to drive all over town to get a massage that will help you while your fracture heals. Simply call In Your Home Therapy to get a licensed massage therapist there to meet you in your home when it’s convenient for you.