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Your part in your massage treatment

January 20th, 2009 by Phil Brown

An important part of a course of treatment at Phil Brown Massage does not take place on the massage couch at all, but in the time the patient has between massage treatments and onwards, after their main treatment has concluded. I frequently recommend exercises and stretches for the people I work with.

An important part of a course of treatment at Phil Brown Massage does not take place on the massage couch at all, but in the time the patient has between massage treatments and onwards, after their main treatment has concluded. I frequently recommend exercises and stretches for the people I work with.

These can be light and subtle movements that are designed to help the patient become aware of the muscles they have not been using enough. They may also be low intensity stretch techniques designed to relax muscles that will otherwise begin to tighten again; helping them to lengthen and release.

Exercises and stretches are also prescribed to aid effective rehabilitation from an injury. In the case of an ankle sprain for example, once it is possible to move the joint without a high level of pain, it is very important to get that joint moving through its range and directions of movement as soon and as thoroughly as possible. Stretches to lengthen the muscles that cross the joint can help regain lost range. Exercises designed to target and strengthen the muscles weakened by the injury rebuild strength and stability.

Very often, Phil Brown Massage treats people whose pain is a result of the way they hold themselves or move around. These postural habits may have developed over a long period of time. They can be the result of old injuries, repetitive actions at work or in sport, or long periods of inactivity . Imbalances between the tensions of muscles in the body are common in most of us.  Pain results when the muscles being overused  become tight and strained. Often, someone only discovers how unhelpful their posture has become when they suffer a sudden twinge of pain when a tight muscle gets strained or goes into spasm.

Although the techniques of remedial and sports massage are very effective at releasing the tension in tight muscles and restoring balance throughout the body, your part in your treatment is essential. The imbalances that have established themselves over a long period of time will certainly return if you do not make changes yourself. Pain and injury will re-occur unless steps are taken to retrain habits of movement and posture. At Phil Brown Massage, you may well be given exercises and stretches to retrain the way you walk, or sit, or stand, or carry out a particular sport. These will ensure long term benefits from your treatment and also give you effective strategies for avoiding the build up of tension and pain that can reoccur.

The aim at Phil Brown Massage is not only to see you free from pain and moving confidently,  but also to make sure that it stays that way.  The exercises and advice you are given will give you alot of control over whether or not that happens.

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