The following sports massage guide is intended for information purposes only. Seek professional advice before attempting any self help treatment.
This article lists a number of massage techniques that assist in the the recovery from groin strain.
- The aim of sports massage is to release tension in the muscle and stimulate blood flow and healing.
- Massage must not be performed during the acute stage of this injury - usually 48 hours after injury. For grade two and three strains, massage may not be suitable for over a week. This is because if there is still bleeding(due to injury) then heat and massage will increase bleeding, not stop it.
Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological.
Massage has many benefits but specifically for hamstring strains it can help loosen scar tissue and tight muscles, stimulate blood flow and therefore healing and aid in the stretching of the muscles.
Massage should not be done in the acute stage as this may increase bleeding and prolong the healing process. The acute stage may last from 48 hours (for a grade 1 tear) up to a week for more severe injuries.