Massage Therapy for Trochanteric Bursitis

What Are the Symptoms of Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of the fluid filled sacs around the hip joint. When these fluid filled sacs aren't lubricating the joint properly, it can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness or heat radiating from the joint. You may experience limited ability to move the affected joint. The symptoms may be temporary or chronic, depending on the cause.

There are medical treatments including NSAIDs, cortisone shots, fluid aspiration, and rarely surgery. Sometimes, physical therapy may be prescribed to improve range of motion of the affected joint. Yoga is considered the ideal exercise to gently stretch and exercise painful joints. Massage therapy gently and effectively decreases inflammation in the hip joint, increases mobility, and promotes the muscle relaxation necessary to heal.

How Massage Can Help Trochanteric Bursitis

Swedish and deep tissue massage is typically can provide relief for bursitis. The pressure applied to the body during a therapy session releases any tightness in the fascia. The fascia acts as a protective layer around your hip joints. After a massage session tailored to a patient suffering from bursitis, tension will be released, circulation improved, and a reduction in muscle spasms.

No matter what type of massage is used, the bursa should not be massaged directly unless there are muscle spasms involved, and the massage itself should not be painful. It's important to choose a highly qualified massage therapist, and to let your massage therapist know if you experience discomfort at any point during the massage.

To schedule your massage with a certified therapist, contact LaVida Massage of Gainesville, VA today!

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