What to Expect After Your Massage Appointment
At Just Knead It our goal is to make you feel exceptional. We wanted to give you a little understanding about what to expect in the first few days after your massage. If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to call or send us an email.
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Straight After Your Appointment
It is perfectly normal to feel sore straight after a massage. During the process of working through soft tissue we break up tiny adhesions within the muscle and fascia. This is necessary to loosen and/or lengthen the muscles to improve range of motion and relieve tension. Make sure you have warm shower when you get home and drink plenty of water.
If you are planning on exercising in the first 24 hours after your treatment please consult your remedial massage therapist regarding guidelines.
1 - 4 Days After your Appointment
Often in the first few days after your massage you can experience quite a bit of pain. (Clients have previously described this as 'being hit by a bus!) Again, this is perfectly normal and is usually due to breaking up soft tissue structures that cause muscles to become tight in the first place.
The pressure required to break up these adhesions can cause slight inflammation and/or bruising. You can feel tender to touch and sometimes taking the areas of the body that have been massaged through their range of motion can be a little sore.
To help promote healing and speed up that process increase your water intake to flush out any of the waste products that are released into the system after a massage. Follow your therapists instructions regarding stretching, triggering and additional self care recommendations. This will help your muscles to stay in their new lengthened position.
Exercise after a Massage
If you are planning on exercising in those first few days after your massage remember that your muscles are now functioning at a different length. This can change your rowing or swim stroke, your golf swing, your ability to get into positions for weighted exercising at the gym etc. It is normal to feel a little weaker, slightly 'different' or even a little out of kilter directly after a massage! It takes time for your body to get used to the new range of motion. For this reason spend a little more time warming up before you start. Particularly if you are competing. This helps to ensure that you get your body used to the new range of motion in your joints.
If it also recommended that you consult your remedial massage therapist regarding return to exercise after treatment.
What if I am experiencing significant pain or my symptoms are getting worse?
Please contact us ASAP so we can work out what has happened. We do our best to pick the perfect treatment type, pressure and style for you. However every body will react slightly differently to treatment. It can take a little time to work out what is going to be best for you. This is particularly the case if your symptoms have been there for a long time. It may be as simple as adjusting our pressure or treatment style for subsequent appointments.
Additionally changes in symptoms can give us a clearer picture of what is going on in your body and we adjust your treatment plan accordingly or refer on if necessary. Our goal is to give you the best possible care and we really value your feedback.
How often should I get a massage?
This is a really common question that we get asked. There are a few factors to bear in mind when deciding when to get your next treatment. Click here to find out our recommendations!