When was the last time you got a massage? If you say it's been a long time or you have never tried it before in your life, it's about time that you experience the benefits of this relaxation therapy.
Benefits Of Massage And Recommended Frequency
• Massage is very effective in calming the nervous system, while reducing tension and anxiety in the mind and overall stiffness of the muscles.
• It also works to improve the circulation of the blood so that the oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the cells more efficiently.
• It also stimulates the lymphatic system, aiding the body in the process of detoxification.
• On top of that, it's also effective in pain management for conditions like sciatica, muscle cramps, and arthritis.
Once you've gotten the hang of massage therapy, you'll find yourself wanting to have one each and every time you think about your last experience. But if you're like most people, you'll also begin to wonder about the frequency guideline of this therapy. As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad. That's why you want to make sure that you won't go overboard with getting a massage.
Here are some guidelines that will answer that question. Remember, however, that this is just a generic guideline. It's meant to give you some idea but to be sure, it's important to consult your doctor first.
If you're like most people who get a massage to escape from life's daily stressors, it's enough to get a therapy once a month for an hour. If budget and time permits more sessions, once a week or once in two weeks is ideal to keep your muscles in good shape.
Frequent treatments of shorter duration are recommended for people with acute injury. Instead of getting a once a month one-hour-long massage therapy, it would be a better option to have it twice a week for 30 to 45 minutes only every session. This would help in terms of pain relief and congestion reduction. After a few weeks, you can opt for longer massage therapies at one to two times a week over a period of three to four weeks.
For chronic conditions like headaches and back pain, it would be ideal to get a one-hour massage therapy twice a week for two weeks. After that, try getting it once a week for another three to four weeks.
Points To Remember
• Massage therapy is a passive treatment. You must follow all the remedial exercise and homecare advice in terms of stress management, lifestyle habits, and nutritional guidelines set by your health care practitioner. It's your duty to be proactive in your health care.
• Be consistent in getting massage therapy. If you're getting massage as an alternative or supplemental treatment for a condition, don't wait too long in between treatments. Waiting too long would be like starting all over again.
• Remember that massage is not a good idea for someone who has fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. This is why, it's very essential that you talk to your doctor first before getting a massage if you suspect yourself of having a medical condition.