5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Massage
1. Combine with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Treatments work to correct spinal misalignments which put strain on muscles and other soft tissue, causing pain and discomfort. Therapeutic massage can help relax the muscles allowing more movement during corrective chiropractic traction and manual adjustments. Massage can also prolong the effects of chiropractic care helping to maintain a more proper alignment for a longer period of time. Both massage and chiropractic treatments reduce pain, increase function, and improve overall health. Scheduling Chiropractic Treatments and Therapeutic Massage together will help you get the maximum benefits from both therapies.
2. Communicate with your Massage Therapist
Mentally scan your body and voice any areas of pain or discomfort. Share your likes and dislikes about massage techniques and pressure. Do you love to have your feet rubbed? What type of pressure do you prefer? (this can change from one area to another, don’t be afraid to speak up!) The more information you give to your therapist the better they are able to meet your needs.
Drinking water before your massage helps to ensure muscles are hydrated making it easier to manipulate the tissues. Water post massage helps to further flush the body and rehydrate the muscles. The entire body benefits from water. Drink up!
4. Follow With an Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt, or Magnesium Sulfate, is absorbed directly into the skin when added to a warm bath. Magnesium is vital to proper cell function. Soaking in a therapeutic amount of Epsom Salt after a massage has numerous benefits including further relaxing muscles, reducing pain and swelling and promoting restful sleep.
5. Schedule Monthly Massages
The effects of massage are cumulative. Build on the work from one session to the next by scheduling a monthly massage. The more frequently you receive massage the better you will feel. Making time for you should be a priority.