Injury Recovery Process

Sports injury rehab therapy helps athletes and active individuals to successfully treat their pain. The goal is to restore overall function. At True Balance Massage, we aim to help clients early on with their injuries before they get worse and worse. Along with massage, we incorporate strengthening and flexibility exercises into treatment plans to help make sure that the injury site restores it completely. Our Denver sports massage therapist provides individual care that focuses on each client and their injuries, not a cookie cutter approach to all clients.

Sports injury rehabilitation like this treats many conditions including sports injuries, sprains, strains, muscle, ligament and tendon repair, tendonitis and other dysfunction. This injury recovery process will benefit those post-surgery, with acute or chronic injuries and those suffering from exercise-induced stiffness, pain and soreness. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment injuries while also helping to prevent future ones too.

The first step toward injury recovery is getting suggestions of recovery options from our sports massage therapist. The initial goal of course is to reduce pain and promote healing. However, once the initial swelling and pain is reduced, a reconditioning treatment is conducted. The overall goal is to re-establish strength. At True Balance Massage, we are committing to providing professional care for athletes of all ages.

The first step toward injury recovery is getting suggestions of recovery options from our sports massage therapist. The initial goal of course is to reduce pain and promote healing. However, once the initial swelling and pain is reduced, a reconditioning treatment is conducted. The overall goal is to re-establish strength. At True Balance Massage, we are committing to providing professional care for athletes of all ages.

What is an Orthopedic Assessment?

During the injury recovery process, this orthopedic assessment allows our sports massage therapist to treat each patient for the right thing. It’s important to orthopedic manual therapy as it allows us to determine the underlying cause of someone’s injury. This is important in finding the most effective treatment approach for each client. The tools uses with orthopedic assessment include: active and passive range of motion as well as manual resistance. A series of orthopedic assessment tests are also used for specific conditions, so the complete testing pattern will vary client to client.

Written Restorative Exercise Plan

A written restorative exercise plan includes goals and movement assessment findings. By creating this document, the client and our sports massage therapist can work together to determine the best treatment options for their particular findings and goals for the procedures. Some common goals are to restore full range of motion and function, regain gait, muscle strength, endurance and overall skills.

After-Care Coaching

While our goal is to help our clients to recover from sports injuries, we also take great pride on building a healthy relationship with them. This means that we follow up to ensure that their goals are being met, there have been no changes in how they feel and no subsequent injuries have occurred. This after-care coaching is a valuable tool in ensuring that not only our injury recovery process works effectively, but that it benefits every client for their overall well-being.

What is Movement Assessment?

During this orthopedic assessment testing, a movement assessment is conducted. The stress and assess approach adds stress to the client’s body. If the structure is healthy, no pain will be felt. However, if it isn’t, the client will fee pain and other symptoms. This makes the procedure position, meaning that the overall structure isn’t healthy. The best assessment tests are ones that are the most specific in finding pain.

Some of the most popular orthopedic assessment tests include and are not limited to: space-occupying lesion tests (cough test, straight leg raise, slump test), tests for injured tissues (such as active and passive SLR and other specific tests). SLR, cough and slump tests are all used to assess the lumbar spine and buttocks. This looks for bulging or herniated discs and bone spurs. The active and passive SLR tests are looking for sprains and strains throughout the body.


Ultimately, rehabilitating any type of injury can be tiresome. However, at True Balance Massage, our goal is to help our clients to find therapeutic procedures that benefit them the most. Massage helps to improve blood flow, which helps muscles to recover faster. This also allows them to become more flexible once more too. With sports injury massage, our Denver massage therapist can utilize massage types such as deep tissue massage and Swedish massage to flush lactic acid and waste from the muscles, allows them to recover quicker.

To learn more about the massage therapy options we offer, contact us at 970-389-9200.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does massage relieve stress?

Massage Therapy has been proven to help relieve stress in a variety of ways. Physiologically, levels of stress hormones like cortisol and norepenephrine, decrease during and after a massage session. Massage sessions relieve stress by reducing blood pressure, and inducing the production of brain-chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, causing the body and mind to relax deeply. 

How does massage reduce chronic pain?

Another benefit of massage therapy from a client perspective is how it helps clients become more aware of their bodies and better familiarize them with the pain they experience. Over time, as clients receive more bodywork, their biology slowly changes, and their awareness of their own physical pain is increased, making it easier to address and treat over time.

How does massage effect the nervous system?

Massage helps to turn “off” the sympathetic (fight or flight, adrenaline fueled) nervous system and turn “on” the parasympathetic nervous system. (rest and digest, relaxation portion) When the body is massaged, blood and lymph circulation is increased, which helps to move vital nutrients and oxygen to throughout the body to organs and muscles. Serotonin and endorphins essential for healthy mental functioning and decreasing depression and anxiety are secreted.

How does massage reduce muscle pain and soreness?

When the body is receiving massage, the therapist is manually lengthening muscle tissue. By increasing the amount of blood flow to these overused tissues, it increases the amount of oxygen and essential nutrients that reach the muscle tissue, and therefore help to repair and restructure the muscle tissue itself. Massage is most effective when received over a long-term schedule, for long-term results.  

When is the best time to receive massage?

Massage is excellent any time of year, any time of day, but if you’re particularly active, there are times when massage is more effective for tissue repair and muscle rejuvenation. Sports Massage is best to practice directly after a strenuous session of muscular use. This allows for healthy muscle development, increased blood and oxygen flow to muscles, and a quicker recovery rate, as well as increased flexibility and range of motion. Massage performed pre-event is particularly effective for reducing the chance of injury and pain during the event, and significantly quicker recovery. 

Do I need to be fully nude to receive massage?

While each and every massage is different, the client has the ultimate say in their level of comfort during the massage. The entire intent of massage therapy is for the client to be 100% comfortable and able to relax, and focus, for the entirety of the massage. Some clients prefer to be fully nude, others decide to keep some articles of clothing on. Sometimes choosing to wear clothing can interfere with the level of access to muscles that the therapist has, but it truly is up to the therapist and the client, to decide what would be most ideal and effective for each massage session. 

How do I know what type of massage to get?

Massage is a highly personalized healthcare modality. When you choose your therapist, do not hesitate to ask all the questions you need to, so that you can receive the best level of care for your particular needs. Finding a therapist that specializes in a certain modality is not as necessary if you don’t have specific goals to use massage to achieve. Do some research, ask different therapists about their unique treatment methods, and find what works best for you. Basic Deep Tissue is a good way to dip your toes into the massage healthcare realm, and get a good feel for a therapist. True Balance Healing offers over 10 modalities, that blend together to create a treatment session and plan as unique as you!