An AC joint sprain is a common injury that can cause pain and discomfort in the shoulder area. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the scapula or shoulder blade. When this joint becomes sprained due to a fall, repetitive strain, or other trauma, it can be difficult to find relief. Fortunately, massage therapy can help with AC joint sprains. Here’s what you need to know.
How Massage Helps with an AC Joint Sprain
When you get a massage for an AC joint sprain, your massage therapist will focus on loosening up the tight muscles around the shoulder and neck as well as gently stretching them. This helps reduce inflammation and promote healing of the injured area while also relieving pain and tension in the surrounding muscles.
Massage therapy also increases blood flow to the injured area which helps speed up healing time and reduces swelling. Furthermore, massage can reduce stress hormones like cortisol which can help reduce pain levels and increase relaxation.
It’s important to note that when getting a massage for an AC joint sprain, it’s best to avoid deep tissue massages as these can further aggravate the injury and slow down recovery time. Instead, opt for lighter forms of massage such as Swedish or sports massages that are more focused on gentle stretches and stroking rather than firm pressure.
When Should You See a Massage Therapist?
If you’re experiencing pain in your shoulder due to an AC joint sprain, seeing a massage therapist is a great idea. While there are some at-home treatments you can try such as icing or taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, seeing a professional is highly recommended if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks or if they worsen over time.
Overall, massage therapy can be very beneficial for those suffering from AC joint sprains by reducing inflammation and swelling while increasing blood flow and relaxation levels in the affected area. If you are dealing with an AC joint sprain, consider consulting with a qualified massage therapist who is experienced in treating this condition so that you can get back on track sooner rather than later.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Natalie Yeo, RMT, or one of the other registered massage therapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!