Plan for some quiet time right after your treatment if at all possible. Although a hot bath might be a great idea, most people jump back in their vehicle and head back to work or rush home to get dinner ready. A better option would be to schedule time for at least a relaxing walk around the block or take some time getting to know your new exercises in a nearby park. These activities are recommended to help you calm your neuromuscular system and enhance the benefits of the massage. They will likely help minimize any post-treatment stiffness. Drinking plenty of water will also help to keep your tissues hydrated, healthy and mobile. The most important “do” is to persistently practice your exercise prescription.
It’s probably not a great idea to leave your massage therapy session and engage in any high demand activity, whether it is demanding mentally or physically. Most people leave the treatment room feeling relaxed, but for some people “relaxed” means “groggy” and for others it means “tired”. The experience is unique to everyone, but you are unlikely to be ready for any sort of peak performance. As much as it is possible take the rest of that day to regain your feet and get back up to speed at work and play the following day.
The third and fourth sessions also occur at weekly intervals as we continue to coax your body toward the desired changes in alignment, mobility and discomfort that are critical initially.
After four weekly sessions it is typical for the acutely painful crisis to be behind us. At this point we move forward with another four sessions, occurring every two weeks. Although some people are inclined to conclude their treatment plan at this point because they feel better, lasting improvements in posture, mobility and movement quality take time to develop and sustain.
Depending on many factors a fracture takes 6-12 weeks to heal. It has been our experience that significant, lasting alterations to the neuromuscular system takes a similar amount of time. Guided by a complex intelligence that we do not yet fully understand, the body repairs itself — and over a few months is made whole again. The process is spontaneous, natural, and seeks no direction from us.