Top 5 Massage Therapy Questions
As a health care professional my patients often come to me with many questions regarding their health related to their treatments. Here are the top 5 questions asked by you – the patients!
1) Does massage therapy flush out toxins?
This is actually a myth, massage does not “flush out” toxins but rather increases circulation and venous return.
2) How much water should I drink after a massage treatment?
I advise my patients to drink water BEFORE and AFTER a massage therapy session. Hydrated muscles will recover quicker and are often easier for the therapist to manipulate. Most of us are walking around dehydrated and don’t even realize it until we’re thirsty. I would recommend 3 glasses of water before and after a treatment.
3) Can massage therapy fix me?
It’s not my job to “fix” my patients but rather to facilitate the body’s own natural healing process. I have found that educating patients on proper posture, stretching, and healthy lifestyle choices have proven to be effective in returning to a pain free life. Ultimately, the process is in your hands and I’m just here to guide you through it.
4) How long should I hold my stretches?
For a basic static stretch – I recommend holding the position for 30-45 seconds. Any time less than that will not make a significant change to the muscle fibers or connective tissue. Postural exercises should be held for a longer period of time and done more frequently.
5) What conditions are massage therapy effective at treating?
Massage is a great modality for treating a wide range of conditions, some of which include: whiplash, headaches/migraines, lower back pain, sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, general muscle pain/stiffness, sports injuries, and many more.
Have a great week and keep the questions coming!
Vitality Clinic RMT’s:
Jane Abbott and Nicole LeBlanc