Ever wonder why some therapists give you homecare and why some don’t?
At BodyTx we believe in providing our clients with the knowledge and skills to assist in their healing and help them maintain their day to day living with as little discomfort as possible.
Home care is assigned to compliment and assist a therapist’s treatment.
The majority of musculoskeletal pain conditions throughout the body are the result of muscle imbalances. These are due to poor posture or repetitive movement, such as using a keyboard and mouse all day.
In order to create pain free movement you need to create balance between muscle groups around a joint. A Registered Massage Therapist assists the tissues to their normal resting length during a treatment. In order to keep the tissues balanced and pain free we teach clients specific, isolated stretching and strengthening exercises to do between treatments.
These exercises are important in assisting and maintaining the results of your massage treatment, reduce frequency of treatments and help you live pain free.
Here are some examples of our therapists’ commonly recommended homecare:
1.Epsom salt bath
An Epsom salt bath has many benefits. The heat from a bath will help relax sore muscles and stiff joints, as well as expand the blood vessels to deliver nutrients to those areas in need. In water, Epsom salts break down into magnesium and sulfate. When soaking in an Epsom salt bath, you absorb these minerals through your skin. Magnesium is a crucial mineral that alleviates muscle cramps, restless legs, inflammation, fatigue, migraines, anxiety and insomnia. It also can regulate heart rhythm and build strong bones by aiding in calcium absorption.
2.Drink more water
Drinking water after a massage is recommended because it helps the kidneys and other organs process the various substances which move through the body on a regular basis. After a massage treatment, toxins have been released from specific areas into the rest of the body. The more water you drink after a massage, the easier it is for your body to flush out these toxins. Increased daily water intake helps improve overall muscle health by making sure they are well hydrated to perform optimally. Water is responsible for transporting oxygen, fat, glucose (energy) and other nutrients to muscle cells. Increased water intake alone can improve stiff/sore muscles, muscle cramps and muscle spasms.