Does this sound familiar?
So, 2018 has started and before the champagne has gone flat you have signed up for a gym membership – vowing that this year will be different and making a commitment to “sweat it out” 7 days a week – rain, hail or shine!
You go to the gym in the first week of January, the first session feels good, great even. But suddenly – BAM – you feel like you have been hit by a bus. Muscles you didn’t know existed hurt. You tell yourself “it’s OK to have a rest day” but that days turns into a week, then a month, and before you realise it’s Easter and you haven’t return to the gym.
How massage can help…
Making changes can be hard, especially when it comes to exercise – but it is also an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Regular remedial massage treatments can help, and here’s why. Allow me to get technical for a moment…
Remedial massage therapy involves the systematic assessment and treatment of soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues and can assist in the recovery of injury and rehabilitation of people who exercise regularly.
The role of a massage therapist is not to diagnose illness, but to perform assessment and treatment in relation to musculoskeletal dysfunction. Massage can help people restore normal health post-injury, through balancing soft tissue length and increasing blood flow and eliminate adhesions and scar tissue.
Massage can benefit people to prepare for exercise activities and plays a vital role in the recovery process of these activities. Following exercise, massage not only reduces muscular tension, but it can enhance the reabsorption of metabolites, aid the removal of lactic acid and other wastes and reduce the impact of delayed onset muscles soreness, or DOMS as it is affectionately known.
At your initial appointment, after a comprehensive discussion about your primary muscular pain and extensive testing to determine restrictions and limitations in range of motions, a treatment plan will be implemented in line with your health goals. During a massage session, various techniques such as trigger point therapy, sustained myofascial tensioning and cupping may be used to get the best results.
So, try it for yourself and see how massage can enhance your workout routine, assist you to reach your peak performance and maintain exceptional health!