Along with chiropractic maintenance work, massage can be just as important for your overall body health. The repeated motions of pressing and manipulating the muscles and ligaments of the body increase blood flow and reduces inflammation and tension. There are many types of massage from deep tissue to hot stone and all have similar benefits. To ensure that you get all that you can out of your massage, here are five key things that your Longview massage therapist wants you to know.
Breathing is very important during your massage. Why you ask? Breathing decreases your heart rate and blood pressure which allows you to release tension and stress. In addition, deep belly breathing such as a three-part breath cycle increases blood flow and oxygen to the areas of the body that are being massaged. This aids in the massage process and makes it more effective.
Getting a massage tends to move toxins and various bodily substances into different parts of the body. Drinking water after a massage helps flush those toxins out of the body through the kidneys. Again, this increases the overall effectiveness of the massage and ensures that the effects last longer.
Before receiving a massage, you might want to plan a small exercise session. Exercising before a massage, even for five to fifteen minutes, increases blood circulation and warms up the body. This reduces tension and allows the massage therapist the ability to manipulation areas more fully. It can also aid in recovery long term.
Try to avoid eating before a massage. It will stimulate digestion and can cause discomfort and bloating during the massage work. It is best if a patient eats a light meal several hours ahead of time.
Do not be afraid to speak up during your massage therapy session. You should not be experiencing pain or discomfort so let the massage therapist know if you are. Let them know what pressure works and what does not. In addition, speak up about areas of the body you would prefer to avoid. Your massage therapist wants you to leave happy and well. It all starts with setting the right tone.
Along with regular chiropractic appointments, Family Chiropractic Care offers massage therapy sessions to complement adjustments. We also offer massage as a means of focused bodywork and for relaxation. Call today for an appointment with one of our trained massage therapists.