Treat yourself

Something often asked in the clinic, is what can you do at home in between treatments to keep your body supple?

There are a number of things that you can do and I’ll explain a few here –

  1. MOVE – It sounds simple (and it is), but get up off your a#$@ and move! Movement promotes more flow through the body and will help to keep it supple.
  2. HEAT – You may have heard us ask you to ‘whack some heat on it tonight’, and there’s a great reason for that. Heat increases blood flow in the area that you put it on, meaning that you increase the circulation to that specific spot. This is beneficial as it can help to flush out any build ups in that area and bring in good fresh blood to promote healing. Click here for a more detailed article on why we recommend heat.
  3. FOAM ROLLERS – I can hear you all wincing already! 🙂 Love them or hate them, foam rollers do a damn good job at replicating some of the treatment you receive in the clinic. When using a roller – slow and steady wins the race! Move it slowly along the area you are treating, maintaining a relaxed state in the muscles (as much as possible). Don’t forget to breathe! You can get one here.
  4. MASSAGE BALLS – Just like rollers, massage balls can do a great job of replicating the treatment process. Use a massage ball (or tennis/squash/golf ball) to spot target areas of tightness in your hips, lower back, upper back and shoulders. You can get them here.

All of the above are great tools to help manage any pain or stiffness you have between treatments and for general maintenance. If you feel that these tools are not helping you get where you want to, then let me know.  If you’re in Melbourne we can always run a session on how you can get the most out of your home treatment tools!

Cheers and enjoy the rest of your week!

Matt

P.S. This week we made an effort in our household to de-clutter. Here’s a reminder of a quote I shared with you back in August in my post about PNG (click here to check it out)

We collect too much of everything. If you’re not using it, viewing it, reading it, loving it, or appreciating it, maybe you should give it away, preferably to someone who will. They’ll be happy and so will you. Life is far too short to burden yourself. Lighten up, while you still can.”