Lately massage and pain management or massage therapy and injury recovery seems to be a theme in my practice and in my own life. Not only have I been working with clients who have injuries from sports, work or recreational activities that have taken a turn for the unexpected but I am dealing with a flare up of an old injury myself in one of my knees. Partly I know I haven't been doing the strength training I need but another piece is and I am ashamed to admit it, I haven't been getting the bodywork myself that I know keeps me healthy and strong. So I am back to receiving massage once a week and I am trying something new too with kinesiotaping. I have to say that personally it is a magical addition to massage and I am looking forward to incorporating it into my practice starting in June. Even in a few short weeks I can see a difference in my pain levels decreasing and my range of motion returning, and most importantly I know my posture is better and my muscles are working properly. Once a week may sound like a lot but it's much needed in my life for a few weeks until my body is ready to be on more of a maintenance schedule. That is the goal with my clients as well, even if you have to come more often at the beginning for a specific issue we are working on, the goal is eventually to resolve it so you can live your best life, healthy and pain free.
Not only to feel it in myself but see it in my clients has reaffirmed my love for my work and how incredible a tool massage can be to help reduce inflammation, decrease pain and lead your body towards better alignment and posture. It's an astounding number that "more than one-quarter of Americans (26%) age 20 years and over - or, an estimated 76.5 million Americans - report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration. [NOTE: this number does not account for acute pain]." (AMTA article on massage pain available here.)
In the acute state of an injury people can experience pain, muscle guarding, spasm and the timeline for recovery can be anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. That is a lot of time when massage can help provide relief and aid the road to feeling comfortable and strong again. One thing I see regularly with clients and have experienced myself is a sense of fear that can accompany pain but by finding someone knowledgeable who you can communicate with, you can work through this fear in a safe way so you are not left with chronic injury later.
I have renewed motivation to practice what I preach and make sure I keep receiving regular massage myself, it helps to keep me strong and aligned and a better therapist for others as well as a wife and mother. Even if you are not dealing with injury massage can help with so many issues including stress, sleep, immunity, and more. Call to make your appointment today and let's discuss how massage can make your life better. 303 517 1449