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Dec 18, 2020

A client training for a big event takes a fall and bruises his thigh. Now he wonders if foam rolling would help, and he has also convinced himself it’s a serious condition: compartment syndrome. He wants advice from his favorite provider. What’s a massage therapist/personal trainer to do?




Dubois, B. and J.F. Esculier. “Soft-Tissue Injuries Simply Need PEACE and LOVE.British Journal of Sports Medicine 54, no. 2 (2020): 72–3. Accessed December 2020.


First two days or so:


P: Protection

E: Elevation

A: Avoid anti-inflammatories

C: Compression

E: Education




After first two days:


L: Load

O: Optimism

V: Vascularization

E: Exercise


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