What Are the Benefits of Massage on Knee Injuries?

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What Are the Benefits of Massage on Knee Injuries?
Massage can be medically beneficial. (massage image by fderib from Fotolia.com)

A knee injury such as a torn ligament, sprain or damaged cartilage, can be difficult to cope with while you perform daily tasks. Obviously, it is in your best interest to heal as quickly as possible. You've talked to your doctor, and you're taking all prescribed medications. But what else can you do to promote the healing process? Believe it or not, massage can be beneficial if you are suffering from a knee injury.

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Promotes Circulation

Massage has the ability to increase circulation throughout the body. Increased circulation means better blood flow, meaning important oxygen and nutrients are continuously being supplied to the damaged area.

Alleviates Pain

According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage therapy to have pain-relieving effects. As a result of massage, helpful pain-relieving endorphins are released by the body--a welcome advantage when dealing with any injury.

Relieves Stiffness

Most physicians advise against excessive movement when nursing a knee injury. According to MassageTherapy.com, massage has the ability to increase joint flexibility. And the Mayo Clinic indicates that studies have found massage to help relieve stiffness.

Promotes Tissue Regeneration

As massage increases blood flow, the increased nutrients and oxygen also promotes tissue regeneration and reduces scarring, according to MassageTherapy.com.

Benefits Surgery Patients

If your knee injury required injury, massage therapy can "reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling," according to MassageTherapy.com.

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