Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Pain and Injuries
December, 2002
For recent injuries to soft tissue, the most common suggestion is to rest the area and to apply ice. It is best to avoid massage directly to the area but massage can often be beneficially applied to adjacent areas to reduce secondary pain.

Once the injured area begins to heal, massage can be considered. If there is doubt about the medical advisability of receiving massage, permission from a physician will be needed.

If there is lingering pain from the injury and massage to the area is not bringing sufficient relief, itís possible that another area of the body is contributing to the pain. Thereís a caution for massage therapists not to get caught up in following the pain, that the problem is often where the pain isnít. A pain on one side of the knee, for instance, might stem from a too-tight muscle on the other side of the leg. Pain between the shoulders blades can result from tightness in the muscles in the front of the chest.

Some problems respond well to a single massage. Some take a longer time to resolve. Some will be beyond the scope of the particular therapist. Some will be beyond the scope of massage therapy and will require further medical consideration.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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