Are you consulting another therapist?
This is a question I always ask my clients that consult me with a particular problem. The reason I ask is because massage works with and compliments physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic therapies. Each of these therapies will include an element of massage, although it will not be the focus of their treatment.
Receiving massage prior to your treatment will help to relax, loosen and make the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) more malleable, allowing your physio, osteopath or chiropractor easier access to and manipulate problem areas. Regular massage in between treatments can result in decreased pain and anxiety, less muscle spasm, improved sleep and relaxation and an increase in endorphins, your body’s natural pain relief! Another benefit is that relaxed muscles will assist improved posture which in turn decreases pressure on our bodies in general.
I would recommend that you leave two or three days following massage before further treatment. This will allow the body to recover and prevent the overworking of the soft tissues.
It is my experience that massage together with other therapies can increase recovery time, assist in maintenance and the prevention of further injury by increasing muscle tone and flexibility and create a sense of wellbeing and relaxation at what might be a stressful and painful time.
If you would like any further information or guidance on this topic, please contact me at Inspiring Health and I would be pleased to help you.
Health and happiness