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What do after a treatment to get maximum results

The 24 hours after any sort of manual therapy session is crucial for the trajectory of your healing and recovery of your pain or injury.

We all know it feels great to get a treatment but you also wanting to be getting the most bang for your buck so you walk our feeling better and it lasting!

Whether you saw an Osteopath, Myotherapist, Acupuncturist, Massage therapist etc these points all apply…

So here are my top tips to making the most of your treatment in the following 48 hours:

  1. Ask your practitioner what you can do.
    If you are ready to take proactive action and get on board with your recover let your practitioner know! (To be honest this rare, most people just want a quick fix)
    Ask them what you can do on a daily basis to support what their aim and management for you is.
  2. Hydrate!
    Optimal mineral balance is important especially after manual therapy so our body can adequately respond to the tissues and repairing can occur. We are made up roughly 50% of water, so when we get soft tissue work on the body it can be very detoxifying and water then needs to be replenished in the body.
  3. Gentle movement not stretching
    Our bodies number one job is to keep you safe. One mistake people often make is over stretching when the body feels vulnerable. Frequent, pain free movement and mobility is what is important.
    I also recommend as long as it is pain free going for a walk. Phase 2 cardio (you want to still be able to talk) is great for pain management and circulation.
  4. Do your Homework that night or first thing in the morning
    While the rehab exercises are fresh in your head and you can remember all the important pointers your practitioner gave you. Do the exercises straight away so you don’t forget.
  5. Support your cellular healing! (From the inside out)
    Supplements I love to take to assist the bodies natural response to change and recover are :
    – Magnesium – oral or topical. Ask your practitioner what they suggest, But this amazing mineral is a central nervous system and muscle relaxant and can really help avoid guarding in the area as we restore movement.
    Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex – this is a phenomenal supplement that is designed to support the inflammatory response. Including Boswelic Acid, Turmeric and Green Tea Extract.
    – Eat nutrient dense wholesome food. Food is medicine and can really help deliver nutrients to the body to assist the inflammatory response and repair. I love adding in both broth to my day.
  6. Manage stress.
    This one is huge. Our bodies simply cannot repair when we are stuck in our “fight & flight” nervous system. Being calm and relaxed as possible is vital for the period after a treatment. Go for a walk in nature or take an epsom salt bath, whatever you need to do to unwind your nervous system.
  7. Have a positive attitude.
    You need to believe you can fully recover! A positive mindset goes along way. I get it pain can be overwhelming but it’s impossible to feel overwhelmed when you are grateful. Start with listing off 5 things you are truly grateful for right now and get into a habit of writing them down everyday.

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March 15, 2021

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