After Deep Tissue
After Deep Tissue massage, you may experience muscle soreness. This may last for a day or two. Post-treatment soreness is a result of releasing spasms and Myofascial Trigger Points in your muscles. It is also associated with the mobilization and release of accumulated metabolic waste products from your tissues into your lymphatic system. This soreness is similar to what you might experience after a strenuous workout and is a natural byproduct of Neuromuscular Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage.
To help minimize any discomfort from Deep Tissue, drink plenty of water. This helps flush newly-mobilized waste products from your body. You might also soak in a warm bath with Epsom Salt, Sea Salts, or other mineral salts.
If you have any questions or concerns about your response to our treatment together, please call me immediately. Soreness that lasts for more than three days after Neuromuscular Therapy or Deep Tissue Massage is not the normal result. If you experience this, let's find out why.
Support Your Body's Healing After Deep Tissue
As your pain subsides after your deep tissue treatments, you might be tempted to return to your normal work and exercise routines. Please know that the following steps are necessary to ensure your fast recovery without re-injury:
- Eliminate spasms and contractions with Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy
- Restore flexibility to the muscles. Use slow and gentle stretching techniques to enhance the progress of your Neuromuscular Therapy, and to maintain a pain-free body. One excellent resource is the book Stretching by Bob Anderson. Gentle Yoga and Tai Chi are excellent ways to maintain your gains.
- After flexibility is restored, build strength to help prevent a future recurrence of injury and pain.
Without following this order of rehabilitation, re-injury and disheartening setbacks may occur. Tissues tend to go back into spasm unless all contractions have been released and they have been fully restored to normal resting and working lengths.
Get Regular Deep Tissue To Keep Problems Under Control
Though you may not be experiencing pain now, a spasm may still be present. Spasms generate dysfunction but do not necessarily cause pain. If you ask too much of your muscles too quickly, it is likely that you will re-enter the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Regular Deep Tissue work can help calm this cycle and restore your tissues to normal function again.
The more that you become aware of habitual postures or actions that cause you pain, discomfort, and short-term relief but long-term pain between treatments, the closer you will be to leading a pain-free life on a daily basis!
Please be gentle with yourself and begin a sensible program of gentle stretching and exercise when normal muscle tone and range of motion has been restored.
Here's to Your Good Health!
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