After being a remedial massage therapist for a few years now, quite a few of the same questions do seem to pop up frequently. Hopefully I can clear up a few of these for you!
What is Remedial Massage?
Remedial massage is used for anyone but in particular for those with muscle tension, soreness or chronic pain. Here at FNQ Health Co. we will firstly take the time to have a consultation, then create an individual management plan for you to follow. Remedial massage isn’t just a ‘deep’ massage. We will use a combination of techniques like trigger point therapy and soft tissue release to get the required results for you!
Should I have a massage if I am sick?
Unfortunately a massage will more than likely make you feel worse. Your body is already working pretty hard to fight off that virus or infection and getting a massage will then take more effort for your body to flush out those toxins which could be too much for your system to take. But if it is a cold you have had, once you are on the end of it, it could be beneficial for a massage to help relieve some of the muscle tension especially held in the chest from coughing! But please remember if you have been contagious, as a therapist we don’t really want you to pass your sickness on to us either, sorry! Here at FNQ Health Co we do have a 24hr late notice fee that applies, so if you are unsure it may be best to change your appointment early on!
Should I talk during my massage? Or is it ok if I don’t & fall asleep?!
It is totally ok if you want to switch off and even allow yourself to fall asleep! As a therapist we know that you will benefit a lot more from your massage by truly allowing yourself to relax. We are always up for a chat here at FNQ Health Co, but don’t worry we will also take it as a compliment if you fall asleep as well!
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Is it normal to feel sore after a massage?
Everybody reacts to massage therapy differently
but don’t be alarmed if you are a little tender the day after your massage. If you haven’t had a massage in a while and your muscles were tight, it is quite normal for you to feel a little sore the day after. Normally by the second or third day after it you will be feeling at the top of your game!
Why do I need to drink lots of water after a massage?
Massage will increase circulation around your body, meaning that your lymph fluid will be moved along helping you to discard excess fluids more quickly. The more water you can drink after a massage will help move waste along to reduce muscle soreness!
Is it ok to have a massage after a muscle ‘cork’?
You may have played a game of contact sport on the weekend and got a good knee hit to your thigh – you will be dealing with a muscle contusion or what is commonly known as a ‘cork’.
We advise to wait 72hrs to see us for a massage after this hit has occurred. In the first few days it is best for you to use the RICE protocol – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation to help reduce bleeding and swelling. After this time it would be great to get a light massage especially to help with the scar tissue that will be forming and any inflammation that is there as well.
I hope this has helped to uncover some questions you may have about massage and what we do here at FNQ Health Co. If you have any other questions you would like to know, please reach out – we are here to help and make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
We look forward to seeing you for a massage in the clinic soon!
Simone Mclarty – Remedial Massage Therapist