Rub it where it hurts and if it hurts rub it some more!
Massage works! Something man has instinctively known for 1000’s of years and implemented pre and post battlefield or gladiatorial arena, whilst building pyramids or harvesting crops. Most of us have I’m sure, self-massaged when we have muscular pain in our necks, upper backs, legs etc. Putting finger or palm pressure on the lumps and bumps of restricted tissues that our hands search for is a daily habit for many of us. How these issues arrive is a question to be answered by the individual. There are a myriad of reasons but normally comes down to poor postural habits, stress, over training or trauma.
Massage therapy helps the body to heal and recover, opening up areas of dysfunctional and restricted muscle fibres, easing off bands of fascial tension, improving fluid dynamics and reducing inflammation.
How often should you have a massage?
How often one gets a massage really depends upon expected outcomes and personal economics. We all prioritise different things at different times of our lives. Best practice would be that when you first feel pain treat it as a first aid injury. Rest for 3 days, Ice, Compress and Elevate then do what you can to prevent the injury from reoccurring. After 3 days come and get a massage, nip it in the bud! Following treatment continue to ice for a further 3 days but also alternate with a soak in a bath with Epsom salts or Dead Sea salt. The chief ingredients are magnesium, clinically proven to help with tendonitis and osteoarthritis and potassium for muscle fatigue.
Follow the exercise or rehabilitation advice and then come in again but don’t leave it too long. Between 7-14 days for something new or 4-6 weeks if the problem has been resolved but your work or sport puts you at risk of further injury. Also try wearing a compression top or leggings this will help take then strain off ligaments tendons and muscles.
Hopefully as you read this you’re pain free but when your not give us a call on 0115 981 5134 and we’ll help you find good health.