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The Importance of Stretching After Acupuncture or Massage

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Stretching After Acupuncture or Massage is important. Acupuncture or massage can leave you feeling energized and refreshed. That’s golden. But be mindful of your fresh energy. If you rush out to exercise, you could unravel some of the good your treatments are doing in your body. Instead, use stretching to extend the health benefits you gain from your visit to Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown, Suffolk County, N.Y.

Build Blood Flow

Holistic services encourage a healing process in your body that’s still taking place after you walk out our door. Vigorous exercise can interrupt that process. “The body is a complex system of energy which is adjusted by treatment, and there is a good reason after treatment to let it settle into the new pattern of flow without putting too much strain on it,” British Acupuncture Council expert Gavin Erickson told IFW.

Avoid exercise for 24 hours after treatments, but don’t melt into your couch. Stretching is essential after your acupuncture, massage, cupping, and other treatments. Your treatments already increase blood flow to muscles—stretching afterward keeps the blood moving and the relaxed yet energized feeling alive.

Stretching benefits more than muscles, too. It engages connective tissue that links muscles, bones, blood vessels, and organs, writes Dr. Helene Langevin, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. She notes that massage and acupuncture have beneficial tissue-stretching components.

Safe Stretching Techniques

Your IFW practitioner advises post-treatment stretching to:

·         Increase flexibility

·         Reduce soreness

·         Encourage proper body alignment and posture

·         Calm the mind

Be sure to ask us about the right stretches for you. You should feel the stretch but never pain or discomfort. If you have questions, talk to your practitioner.

The Mayo Clinic advises warming up with a gentle walk. Never stretch cold muscles or you could do damage. Work both sides of your body equally for balanced flexibility. Don’t bounce, because bouncing tightens muscles. Hold stretches for 30 to 60 seconds, breathing normally. Be sure to stretch after treatment and then keep it up at least two to three times a week, to build flexibility.

Along with stretching, remember to stay hydrated, eat light and healthy foods, and ask us how to apply heat to keep up the circulatory benefits of your acupuncture or massage.

At IFW in Long Island, our services include cupping, cryotherapy, medical and ultrasonic massage, topical herbal therapy, sound therapy, and more. We’re here to serve your whole family’s health in Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY. Book your appointment with Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown here.