Soft Tissue Injury
Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments. When playing sport, these are the most common injuries. Soft tissue damage can be avoided with proper means of prevention. Warming up before any type of physical activity is an essential component of preventing soft tissue damage. Warming up prepares the muscles for activity, creating a gradual build up towards high intensity. Luckily, therapeutic massage rubs can aid this process. A therapeutic massage before physical activity can warm the muscles up by increasing blood flow to the areas of focus and stretching the muscles in preparation for sport. Furthermore, therapeutic massage is a vital component of physiotherapy; aiding in the repair of soft tissue.
Back Muscle Pain
The back is the centre of a multitude of muscle injuries. Everything from frequent heavy lifting to poor posture can cause back pain. This pain can often be attributed to pulled back muscles, back muscle spasms or back muscle strains. Poor posture can put unnecessary stress upon the spine, by overstretching back muscles and ligaments to the point of fatigue. As for muscle strains, excessive lifting loads and poor lifting technique are the main culprits in what is a widely experienced problem.
When Back pain arises, the first step in recovery is to create relief from pain and discomfort. Therapeutic massage rubs which include ingredients such as menthol, can achieve this by increasing blood flow to inflamed areas.
Massage therapy, in conjunction with a warming muscle rub, has the ability to improve muscle recovery for those who live an active life. By increasing circulation in the muscles, a therapeutic massage rub allows the body to eliminate toxins which have built up during physical activity. This in turn, aids in the healing and recovery process. Furthermore, massage therapy aids in the preparation for physical activity. This is done by warming and stretching the muscles, while the use of a rub can help alleviate any tension muscles hold.
Arnica: A key ingredient
Therapeutic massage rubs are integral to alleviating muscle and joint pain.
Arnica Montana is a flowering perennial herb native to Europe and Russia. Its extract has long been used as a homeopathic remedy for sprains, bruises and trauma. When used externally, arnica is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-rheumatic. In massage rubs, arnica can prevent the formation of bruises by stopping the capillaries from bleeding. Arnica stimulates white blood cells which process congested blood, and releases trapped fluids from joints and muscles which cause pain and discomfort. Hence, arnica is a key ingredient in any effective therapeutic massage rub.