Post treatment care is as important as the treatment itself and by following these tips you will maximise the benefits of the massage treatment. There are also 'normal' responses to treatment and they will pass fairly quickly over 48 hours following the treatment if you treat yourself to some 'self care'.
Post treatment muscle soreness: - Feels like the muscle has had intense workout/tender to touch.
1. Apply hot pack (wheat bag /hottie wrapped in towel) for no longer than 5mins to area. The heat will increase the blood flow to the area sending nutrients to the muscle tissue and help remove metabolic wastes. This will also help to re-energise the muscle.
2. Apply anti-inflammatory cream to area.
Headaches and/or general tiredness:
- Increase your normal water intake by 2-3 glasses today and over next 2 days to flush out metabolic wastes from your bloodstream that have been released from muscles during treatment.
- Have a hot shower/bath which is also good for your muscles. Add some essential oils in bath to relax with. Put on an extra layer and keep yourself and area treated warm.
- Emotions can be trapped in injuries/trauma of muscle tissues and when treated can be released. Try to be the 'observer' with these emotions and not upset yourself further, it will pass.
Activities to try and avoid 24hrs post treatment:
- Avoid intense physical work or exercise e.g stacking the wood, gym workout, long run or any other hard training session.
Stretching: Perform the stretch 3 x 3 sets daily on both sides (if instructed). Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.
- Follow the stretch instructions giving by your therapist. This reiterates to the muscle(s) treated that this is the new position we want it to remain in. It's basically reprogramming the neural pathways from your brain to the muscle itself. Doing your stretching will also minimise post treatment soreness and allow length and flexibility into the region preventing further muscle adhesions from forming.
Lesley is a registered and qualified Massage & Lymphatic Therapist based in Queenstown. She trained at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine and has a special interest in sports rehabilitation & recovery, chronic pain especially low back/hip pain and reduction of lymphoedema.