I haven’t scheduled my next appointment – when should I return to get the best result?
This answer depends on your reason for attending the clinic.
If you attended a remedial massage session to treat muscular ache, pain, tension, or stiffness – our recommendation is easy. These symptoms usually corelate with the cause of habitually shortened/contracted muscles. A shortened muscle is engaged and working even when you sleep. These constantly switched-on muscles can cause issues when triggered such as overuse, acidic waste build-up, and discomfort. Chronically shortened muscles are an indication of a disconnect between the muscles and the brain and general wellbeing benefits from the remedy of such muscle dysfunction.
Remedial massage is all about applying appropriate deep pressure to cause sensation which triggers an acknowledgement (good pain) from your brain. It is through this neurological awakening and stimulation of the neural pathways that remedial massage aims to reconnect the brain/muscle connection. Thus, causing the brain to recognise the unnecessary involuntary shortening of muscles and invoke a relaxation response within the tissue.
Remedial massage treatments are best scheduled 4 to 7 days between sessions to restore healthy muscle function. That’s what it takes to normalise brain/muscle neural pathway communication capabilities. It is enough time to recover and heal from the last treatment and not too long between sessions to lose momentum in training a constructive muscle memory. We are training your default muscle state to be relaxed and ready to work rather than the old destructive (contracted) muscle behaviour which caused pain, tension, and restrictive movement.
It is essential to schedule massage appointments at the correct frequency when relieving or correcting dysfunctional tissues. Having a massage too soon and you risk still being sore from your last session. If you leave the gap between sessions too long, you risk losing the accumulative effects of a course of treatment. Changing muscle behaviour requires reprogramming a new muscle memory and training plasticity within the neural pathways which connect the mind-body so that better function occurs – and that takes repetition of treatment.
Remedial massage treatments aimed at maintaining health, managing stress, or enhancing performance may serve you well each month. Each person requires an individual timeframe between sessions, depending on lifestyles, current stress, postural condition, and previous injuries.
Like all healthcare it is important to adapt your strategy to manage stress in times of personal pressure. If you are experiencing a rise in intensity of life’s physical, mental, emotional, or chemical stressors you will benefit from increasing the frequency of remedial massage to a regularity that counterbalances that stress.
If you are in doubt as to what course of action to take and would like request to speak with a qualified sports massage therapist or clinic director, then please reach out to our reception team to facilitate.
Thank you for your trust in our remedial massage services.
Fran and team.