We could all unanimously agree that we’ve all been stressed out beyond our normal threshold of tolerance lately right? Bet we could all unwind and relieve those overworked and overburdened nerves. How inviting does the idea of a massage appeal to you? And how regularly should you embark on that tempting trip to your masseuse? How often you should get a massage depends on several factors, including your physical and emotional needs; your stress levels; and your budget. You will definitely experience the most health benefits from massage when you get massage regularly. Massage calms the nervous system, improves blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, relieves muscle pain, and helps with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and muscle spasms. If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.
On a general scale, when you are feeling good, once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far apart, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns,
especially if you come under stress. If you wait too long, you’ll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don’t wait too long in an effort to save money.
Cultures around the world have practiced massage for several millennia and yet, researchers and practitioners still haven’t learned all the benefits of a long-term massage regimen. However, a significant body of new research suggests that regular massage offers even more advantages than infrequent sessions.
If you already feel good and regular massage keeps you that way, you probably know what works for you. In times of extra stress, you might want to go a little more frequently. If you suddenly experience a spasm due to stress, try to get in to see the massage therapist as soon as possible, preferably someone who knows your
If you are in chronic pain and want to see if massage will help, find a good massage therapist, or a great one like your friends at Calgary Family Clinic whom you feel comfortable with and whose style you would definitely love. Let us know
you want to address chronic pain, feel free to inquire about our range of specialties, and work out a conviction treatment plan with us.
Retraining Your Body
A lot of pain comes from the habitual ways we move, so ask for help with your posture. A great massage therapist (not to toot our own horn but we’re pretty awesome here at the Calgary Family Clinic ;)) should be able to help you with this,
and give you stretches to do at home.
You might also want to look into other modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and movement training coupled with the right practitioners — will help restore you to health. So when should we expect an appointment with you and your tensed muscles?