How to relieve pain whilst waiting for your massage appointment
- Wednesday, 14 August 2019
At Fulham Massage & Wellness we understand that time is of value. We know that many of you struggle to find time to fit everything into the week. That's why we have created our opening hours in a way to help you find a suitable time for massage treatments when you need them. We are open 7 days a week, 9am till 10pm on the weekdays and 9am till 6.15pm on weekends. We have multiple therapists on each day to enable you to book your appointment at ease. However, with our structure that encourages pre-booking appointments in advance (to prevent and manage pain or stress rather than only react to it), there are times when we run out of on-the-day last minute availability.
What to do when this happens and you are in pain? When you woke up with a tilted neck? Or bent down, felt shooting back pain and couldn't straighten up? Or when you suffer from a splitting headache or debilitating migraine? Or when you pulled a muscle when running or rolled an ankle walking to work? Here is a list of a few things you can do to ease the symptoms whilst waiting for an appointment.
- Ask for advice - reception staff can often advise or consult with the therapists and offer some specific advice on what can be done to manage the pain or injury. At Fulham Massage & Wellness you will also be able to receive a free massage ball which can help to instantly bring pain relief. Additionally, our staff could take your details and keep you informed of any cancellation comes up, so don’t be afraid to put your name on the waiting list.
- Stretch or foam roll - if you know specific stretches or foam rolling techniques use them to soften the muscles and release the pressure from the area of pain. Very often a neck and shoulder stretch can help to temporarily release tension and back stiffness can be slightly eased by doing some gentle rocking.
- Apply heat or ice - the general rule is that for the new injuries and sharp pains cold works better as it helps to stop inflammation and is also a form of anesthesia. Heat can be used if the pain is dull and more of a chronic nature. If you're in doubt, you can always use both, 15min ice followed by 15min heat - one of these should bring you relief. Warm shower and bath are great forms of applying heat and you can also combine it with a gentle stretch for additional benefits.
- NSAID – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can be a great idea as they help to stop the inflammation from spreading further and causing more damage in the neighbouring area. They will also help with pain and therefore allow you to relax rather than tense up.
- Schedule your massage as soon as you can - even if the pain is not as intense as originally, have your treatment as soon as you can fit it into your schedule. Just because you don't feel pain, it doesn't mean that the problem disappeared. It rarely goes away by itself. In most cases, it's only camouflaged and healed inappropriately. Best to treat it professionally so it doesn't come back to haunt you again in the coming weeks.
- Arnica cream – not only it’s very safe and natural but also extremely effective in helping with soreness, bruising and inflammation.
- Invest in routine massage - routine is good in almost everything - it helps to bring structure and gives a sense of stability. Regular routinely massage can prevent unexpected pains or injuries so they don't catch you unguarded.
To find out more about what treatment we offer and what conditions we can help with, check our website or give us a call on 02037949760. We are ready to help you, so book your treatment now!
Written by: Agata Dudo, Managing Director at Fulham Massage & Wellness