The knee is a part of our anatomy that is easy to take for granted until the problems start to arise. As a structure that has to bear the weight of the rest of the body, they are under constant strain.
It seems to ring true that when we are young injury to the knee comes from the outside in the form of skinned knees, and when we age the injury occurs on the inside as arthritis. Total knee replacement surgeries have become very common and often the next step with the progression of conditions like arthritis.
Studies have shown that massage therapy can be effective in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis which ideally alleviates the urgency for replacement surgeries. If the necessity for surgery is present, massage therapy is also valuable as a rehabilitation therapy. Following any surgery when tissues are cut and disrupted, scar tissue will form during the healing process. Scar tissue is a rigid, fibrous tissue that is produced as a protective mechanism in the body when damage, such as incisions in surgery, occurs. Most people will want to move as little as possible during the recovery process and keep the knee in a fixed position but this can render the replacement joint redundant if the scar tissue takes over. Your Vancouver massage therapy practitioner can work to minimize and break down extra scar tissue within the joint. This will ensure you get back on your feet as soon as possible!
If you or someone you know suffers from knee pain, maybe a Vancouver RMT can help. The Vancouver massage therapists at Broadway Wellness are friendly and passionate practitioners who strive to work with you on your pathway to recovery and wellness. Broadway Wellness offers Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, and Naturopathic Medicine. To book your next appointment please feel free to give us a call at 604-732-5222, or book online here.