According to a report from The National Post, Steven Stamkos is in danger of missing the 2014 Winter Olympics due to an injury sustained during the NHL season:
When Steven Stamkos crashed into the post in Boston on Monday afternoon, the shock waves could be felt all the way to Sochi, Russia.
The Tampa Bay Lightning star is out indefinitely with a broken right tibia, an injury that could be a significant blow to Team Canada in its efforts to defend gold at the Olympics. Stamkos was tied with Alex Steen as the NHL’s leading goal scorer, and with Sidney Crosby for the points lead at the time of his injury and figured to be a lock to make the team.
The broken tibia will require surgery to repair. The Lightning did not release a time frame, likely in part because the complexity of the fracture could affect things.
Recovering from a fracture extends beyond allowing the bone to reform. It also requires physical therapy (available at Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation) to allow the affected area to regain the strength it had before the injury; this is especially important when the fracture occurs in the limbs. With a long road to recovery ahead, people recovering from a fracture can benefit from the many services that Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation offers. An example would be therapeutic rehabilitation from an experienced Oshawa massage therapist.
Massage therapy offers several benefits that can facilitate the recovery process. By stimulating soft tissues, an experienced massage therapist can improve a patient’s blood circulation. In addition, massage therapy helps increase the production of fibroblasts, which are cells responsible for healing the body.
Health service clinics that offer massage therapy in Oshawa, Ontario—such as Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation—can be invaluable during physiotherapy and chiropractic rehabilitation programs. Many patients experience pain and fatigue as they try to strengthen the affected body part. Light massages are an effective way to relax tired muscles, relieving pain without causing bone movement.
At first, it may seem counterproductive to have the affected area massaged. However, licensed massage therapists have been extensively trained in the art of manipulating the soft tissues of the body. This training allows them to adjust their techniques to accommodate the affected area and avoid a relapse of the injury.
Whether you are a professional athlete or not, fractures are tricky injuries to recover from. Fortunately, Oshawa massage therapy professionals can safely aid in fracture healing.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Sochi 2014: Steven Stamkos injury a major blow for Canada’s Olympic hockey team; The National Post)