With massage, consistency is key

People generally seek massage therapy only when they are experiencing intense pain and/or limited function.

They come in for treatment quite frequently until the problem has been resolved, and then they return to their busy lives. This is all fine until about two to six months later, when they’re often back with the same problem.

The key to ongoing success and improvement through massage therapy is consistency. On one level, think about how much easier it is to plan your schedule around pre-planned appointments rather than scrambling to fit them in when you’re suddenly unable to stand up straight.

On a deeper level, regular massage will benefit you in a number of ways. Your body develops habits, your muscles have memory, your brain develops patterns and your stress levels often feel on the fritz. By introducing massage into your life as a consistent pattern, habit and treat, you will help prevent new injuries, keep old injuries from returning to an acute state and help mitigate stress.

Another facet of consistency is home care. Following each treatment, your massage therapist will likely show you stretches and exercises that you can do at home, and which will greatly improve your healing, flexibility or strength as the case may be. Take the time to treat your body and mind. Introducing a positive pattern and an experience you can look forward to will benefit you greatly.

Heather Saunders, RMT, is an associate at the Comox Valley Therapeutic Massage Centre. Visit

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