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What to do with an acute muscular injury

January 9th, 2009 by Phil Brown

When you strain or sprain a muscle or other soft tissue, there can be a high degree of pain and inflammation immediately following the injury. This will present itself as sharp pain and throbbing, swelling and redness around the injured area, which may also feel warm to the touch.

When you strain or sprain a muscle or other soft tissue, there can be a high degree of pain and inflammation immediately following the injury. This will present itself as sharp pain and throbbing, swelling and redness around the injured area, which may also feel warm to the touch.

What you do immediately following injuring yourself has a powerful impact on the rate of recovery in the longer term. Remedial and sports massage treatment will speed recovery by breaking up scar tissue and encouraging local circulation and improving range of movement. However, for the most part, deep tissue massage techniques are not helpful at the acute stage, so self treatment at the early stages will build a very strong foundation for the healing process and also enable you to see your sports and remedial masseur a lot sooner.

To that end, Phil Brown Massage has a free downloadable information card detailing the four steps of the RICE procedure for self treatment immediately following an injury. Click on the RICE reminder cards here.

If you have injured yourself, immediately follow the RICE rules for 48 hours.

NOTE: If you are unsure about the extent of the injury, see your General Practitioner or visit the accident and emergency department at your hospital.

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