If you’ve injured yourself there are a number of things that your massage therapist will tell you to do after your massage, but there are three things they will always tell you in order to help you get better;
If you’ve injured yourself or you have chronic muscular pain and tension, stretching is a really great way to ease that tension and manage the pain. It will almost certainly speed up your recovery.
And you know, we can tell when you’re not doing them!
If you’ve injured yourself during a specific activity, particularly during sport, it’s a good idea to rest that part of the body. If you’ve injured your shoulder at the gym, then make this week, leg week. If you’re doing a repetitive task at work, ask your manager to change your duties or switch to light duties. It’s important to rest your injury, to enable it to heal, otherwise you may just be exacerbating the issue.
3. Follow up
Even if you feel better, please have your follow up within 5 to 10 days of your initial appointment. There is often still tension there, even if those trigger points have been eased. If you are still tight, and return to the activity that caused the injury, the trigger points, and pain is likely to return too.
If you have that follow up the week after, you are likely to stay pain free for longer, and that is every massage therapists goal for you!