How to Carry Out Sports Massage for Ankle Sprains
Sports massage therapy in Perth uses the cross friction massage technique for ankle sprains. It helps in the quick healing process and prevents the development of scar tissue. A sprained ankle is the common ankle injury, which is caused during a sports activity. It results when the ankle ligaments stretch or even tear. Most often, the ankle injury is caused by the ankle turning under, causing the sole of your foot to face inwards, injuring the ligaments that are on the outside of your ankle. Cross friction massage given to the damaged ligaments after the acute phase will help to prevent the formation of the scar tissue. It can be done even after five days after the ankle is sprained.
- You need to ensure that there are no contraindications like broken bone, skin infections, open wound, tendon ruptures, chilblains, etc. If any, you must not perform the sports massage.
- Make the person with ankle sprain to sit in a comfortable position. First, stretch out the foot with the sprained ankle, so that the ligaments are in an extended position.
- Then apply a deep, direct pressure on the ligament using a single finger. Begin the sports massage at a point that is slightly away from the affected area and then gradually towards it. You should massage deeply back and forth across the ligament so that you can feel the ligament under the skin, but not along its length.
- Then slowly begin to massage even deeper but within the limits of bearable pain. You can continue the massage for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use an ankle support or tape the ankle to support it.
You can have the sports massage in Perth with the same technique every other day, not every day. After undergoing this deep massage technique, the sprained ankle needs some time for its recovery. If the swelling or pain is worse the next day, then suspend the massage.