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How often should I have massage therapy?

We are regularly asked by clients, how often should I come for massage therapy?

When there is an injury or a painful condition present, it is important to have massage therapy on a regular basis.  It is most beneficial in rehabilitation of injuries to take an aggressive treatment approach.  Aggressive doesn’t necessarily refer to the techniques used, but to the regularity of treatment.  In these instances we would likely recommend treatment one, two or three times per week until there is an improvement in the condition.  The reasoning behind the aggressive approach is, after a massage, muscles tend to want to tighten back up.  If you can receive massage therapy treatments at regular intervals, we are able to relax the muscles before they tighten to the point that they were before the previous massage.  Over time, this approach usually results in less pain and tension in the affected muscles.  Once some progress is made, the treatment frequency is decreased.  For example, one treatment every week and a half to two weeks.  After that period of time the patient is reassessed to see how their body has tolerated the longer break between treatments and we go from there.

When you are feeling good it is still important to maintain your body with massage therapy.  We have had clients who call the clinic after they bent over to tie their shoes, or put on a sock, or bent down to pick up their child, etc.  and couldn’t stand up straight.  They ask us why something as simple as tying their shoe would throw their back out.  We tell them that likely there was a lot of tension that had built up over time and that the bending motion just pushed it over the edge and caused the muscles to spasm.  This is where massage as a preventative therapy is so important.  You might feel okay, but by doing maintenance treatments every four to six weeks you can reduce the likelihood of instances like this occurring.

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Stretching exercises for computer users

Currently most jobs require some computer work.  Over time, using a computer places a considerable amount of strain on the body.  Conditions such as tension headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow are commonly diagnosed in people who spend long hours sitting at a desk.

When working it is important to take small breaks every couple of hours to rest your eyes and stretch your muscles so that circulation can come to the muscles and help them to relax.  A quick stretching routine to help alleviate tension and reduce the occurrence of the above conditions includes:

  • Stretching the neck.  This can be achieved by bringing the neck through its range of motion.  First bring your ear toward your shoulder on your right side until you feel a stretch and hold.  Then bring your ear toward your left shoulder and hold.  Next bring your chin down toward your chest until you feel a stretch down the back of your neck and hold.  Lastly, you can look up to the ceiling until you feel a stretch in the front of your neck.
  • Stretching your forearms.  Hold your right arm out straight in front of you with your palm toward the ground.  Bend your wrist down and add some pressure with your other hand until you feel a stretch in the back side of your forearm.  Next turn your palm toward the ceiling and bend your wrist back until you feel a stretch on the front side of your forearm.  Repeat the stretches with your left arm.

It is important when stretching to hold the stretches for a minimum of twenty to thirty seconds to maximize the effectiveness of the stretch.

If you are feeling the strain of sitting at a desk all day, massage can help!  Please call our office to set up an appointment at (306) 664-1135.

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Prenatal Massage

One of the most common questions massage therapists are often asked is if massage therapy is safe for pregnant women. In most cases massage therapy is a very safe and effective form of pain relief during pregnancy. It is  recommended that you get approval from your family physician or obstetrician to receive massage therapy if there have been any complications during pregnancy.

Typically, after the first trimester,  pregnant women cannot lay flat on their stomachs. In these instances, women are treated in a side-lying position.  Extra pillows are used to make sure the client feels comfortable and as relaxed as possible.

Pregnant women can benefit from massage therapy in some of the following ways:

  • Relief from muscular aches and pains
  • Reduced edema/swelling in the extremities
  • Increased relaxation which can in turn help pregnant women to achieve a better nights rest

If you are a pregnant woman looking for a massage therapist, ensure that he/she is registered massage therapist.  By doing so, you will have confidence in knowing that the therapist has received specific education in the treatment of pregnant women.