How long will my appointment take?
The times of the appointments are listed with the prices on the Prices and Contact page. However, the first appointment will last a little longer as I need to take down your details, go through your medical history, your current problems and to discuss what you are hoping to achieve from your treatment. I will explain the therapy, how it works and how you may possibly feel afterwards. Before you go, I will give you aftercare advice and information on self help.
Therefore you should allow an extra twenty minute for the first appointment; there is no extra charge for this time.
How many treatments will it take before I feel better?
This all depends on your lifestyle and how long the muscles have been tight. Muscles are arranged in layers, a superficial, intermediate and a deep layer, all of which can become tight and sore. In order to break down a tight muscle, the practitioner must first warm the muscles and then use various techniques to make them more pliable. A certain degree of pressure needs to be exerted, however this should never go beyond comfortable pain. If the pressure is too much, you will become tense, which will have the opposite result to that which you are trying to achieve.
If it is your first massage or you have not received massage for a long time, you may suffer from DOMS, delayed onset muscle spasm, which can feel the same as the after effects of exercise. This should only last for a day or so but can be very painful if you are not used to it. It would therefore be beneficial to have a course of treatments, building up the pressure with each massage.
What are muscles knots?
A muscle knot is a small area of tight muscle fibre that is unable to relax. The constant state of contraction reduces the flow of blood, which means there will be a lack of oxygen coming to the area and inefficient removal of metabolic waste, this leads to irritation of the nerve fibres, which will then send pain signals to the brain. The pain is not always felt directly at the trigger point as they most often send pain to another area and can be responsible for such symptoms as headaches, neck pain, sciatica and joint pain. The trigger point causes the muscle fibres that are connected to them to contract, which can then affect the joints to which they attach.
There are many people who suffer from undiagnosed pain. They will have seen their Doctor, have had blood tests, x-rays and MRI scans which have not revealed the cause of the pain. Often they turn to massage as a last resort and find that once their muscles are relaxed the pain disappears.
What causes muscles to become sore?
Pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints can be caused by long-term muscle tension, postural imbalance, overuse and injury. All these things can cause muscle fibres to become tight, reducing their range of movement. When a muscle is taken beyond it’s reduced range of movement, micro tears occur in the fibres causing tiny pockets of scar tissue to form as the area heals (KNOTS). The scar tissue will cause the muscle to be less flexible. Shortened muscle fibres also result in reduced blood flow to the area and inefficient removal of metabolic waste products by the lymphatic system, resulting in the muscle tissues to become stiff, hardened, and glued together causing adhesions and pain.
Why do I hurt after a deep tissue massage?
The feeling that you might get after a deep tissue/sports massage is similar to the after effects of intense exercise. The tight muscles will have been manipulated and stretched with various techniques in order to make them pliable again. As with exercise, this may cause micro tears in the muscle and connective tissue. This is a normal occurrence in a deep tissue massage, and while it leads to more blood flow and healing to the area, it can also lead to INFLAMMATION and tenderness. This is because the body will sense that something is wrong and will react with an inflammation response.
HOWEVER, the pressure used should never go beyond comfortable pain, if the massage is making you tense up then it is important to ask the practitioner to reduce the pressure. Everybody has a different pain threshold and some people do prefer, and are able to cope with a very deep massage, particularly if they are used to a sports massage.
INFLAMMATION RESPONSE. Damaged cells release chemicals such as histamine and bradykinins, which cause the blood vessels to dilate (become wider), enabling more blood to be brought to the area and also to become more permeable, allowing fluid and cells to escape into the surrounding area in order to heal the damage. This causes redness and heat from the excess of blood, and swelling from the escaped fluid. The pain that is felt can be partly due to the pressure produced by the swelling or from the bradykinins, which can irritate some nerve endings.