Remedial Massage for Groin Strain

Groin strain happens when there is a tear on some or all of the groin muscles which are located in the inner side of the thigh. Groin muscles are responsible for moving the leg to the midline of the body and stabilizing the pelvis during changing directions in running and kicking. It happens due to sudden contraction on the groin muscles when they are stretching, too much tension on the groin area caused by repeated force, and not enough warm up. This kind of injury mostly happen in rugby, football, ice hockey, skiing and basketball. Get twisted on foot and falling can also cause groin strain.

There are 3 grades of injury which are damage to a few of fibres that causes only local pain, tear to significant number of muscles that results not only pain and swelling but also loss of strength and movement, the last is complete rupture of the muscles. There are some symptoms of groin strain such as sudden aching escalated pain followed by pulling sensation around the groin area, tightness, tenderness, bruising, swelling in the inner side of the thigh, and muscle spasm.


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There are some ways of therapy regarding groin strain
1. Implementation of RICE as first aid to the injury
This kind of treatment will help reducing the bleeding and swelling. It’s done in the first 48-72 hours of the injury
2. Electrotherapy
This therapy will help boosting tissue healing and relieving the pain
3. Massage
It can help to reduce muscle spasm by releasing the tension in your muscles and stimulating the blood flowing so that you can quickly recover. It mustn’t be done during the severe stage because it’s still bleeding. By doing massage, instead of stopping the bleeding, it will increase it
4. Exercises
It helps stretching and strengthening muscles so that they will be flexible and strong enough in order to avoid the same injury
By applying strap will help you reducing the risk of getting repeated injury


Talking about massage for groin strains, there are several techniques as below:
1. Effleurage
The therapist will need lubricant/ massage oil that will make the hands glide smoothly on the area that need to be massaged. It’s not okay to use too much lubricant as it will make the therapist lack control over the hand, and make it difficult to do the massage. Light kneading on the area is suggested to warm up the muscles so that they are ready for deeper massage

2. Petrissage
In this technique, half of the muscles will be pulled by one hand into one direction and the other half are pulled into other direction in order to manipulate and loosen the muscle fibres

3. Stripping the muscles
Applying continuous pressure to the area and iron out the knots, lumps and bumps

4. Circular Frictions
It is done by kneading with deep circular friction to the point of strain or pain spot. Make sure not to knead too hard to avoid pain to the patient

5. Finishing off
Finishing the therapy with petrissage followed by effleurage for not more than 30 minutes