An AC joint strain occurs when the acromioclavicular (AC) joint—the area where the clavicle meets the shoulder blade—is injured or overused. This type of injury can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty raising your arm. Massage therapy may be an effective treatment option for AC joint strains, as it can reduce inflammation and help to relieve tension in the affected area. Let’s take a closer look at how massage therapy helps with AC joint strains.
How Massage Helps With AC Joint Strains
Massage therapy works by improving blood flow to the injured area and reducing tension in the muscles surrounding the injury. The increased circulation helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, which can help reduce pain and improve mobility. It also helps stretch out tight muscles that may have developed due to the strain, which can further reduce pain and increase range of motion.
In addition to these physical benefits, massage therapy can also provide emotional relief from an AC joint strain. Many people find that massage therapy sessions are incredibly relaxing and calming, which can help reduce stress levels associated with an injury or chronic condition. Injuries often lead to feelings of frustration or helplessness, but massage therapy can provide a sense of control over one’s own health – which is especially important when dealing with a long-term issue like an AC joint strain.
Finally, receiving regular massages from a qualified practitioner is a great way to stay on top of your injury and prevent future flare-ups. A knowledgeable therapist will be able to identify areas of tension or weakness before they become problematic, helping keep you on track with your recovery process. They will also be able to adjust their techniques depending on how you’re feeling each session – so if something isn’t working one day, they’ll be able to modify their approach until you feel better again!
If you are suffering from an AC joint strain, massage therapy may be a beneficial treatment option for you! Massage therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation and tension in the affected area as well as providing emotional relief from pain or discomfort associated with chronic injuries like this one. Additionally, seeing a qualified therapist regularly will help ensure that any developing issues are identified before they become problematic – giving you more control over your recovery process! Ultimately, massage therapy is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing an AC joint strain – so make sure you combine it with other treatments for optimal results.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Sam Heslip, 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!