You’ll hear it from us no matter why you’re visiting: “Drink lots and lots of water today.”
But why do we stress hydrating after your massage or acupuncture session? There are plenty of great reasons to keep your water bottle near by after your visit with us.
You’re probably dehydrated…
Amazingly, as many as 75% of Americans live their day-to-day lives in a chronic state of dehydration.
As relaxing and decompressing as massage can be, it also can be a little rough on your muscles – especially when you opt for deep tissue.
Staying hydrated will reduce your likelihood of dealing with soreness, muscle cramps, and fatigue.
Improving Circulation to Reduce Illness and Pain
When you receive a massage or an acupuncture, your therapist is working with the interstitial fluids that are present in your muscles. This very important fluid helps transport nutrients as well as stimulates the lymphatic system. If you are not properly hydrated, this stimulation can be sluggish and result in fatigue or possibly feeling ill.
Massage and acupuncture encourage circulation. This helps draw blood to bound up adhesions that cause chronic pain. Dehydration, on the other hand, slows down circulation reducing the body’s ability to heal adhesions as they are worked over using massage or acupuncture.
In Chinese acupuncture and medicine, dehydration causes a slowing of Chi which can result in all sorts of health issues.
The bottom line is, you’re better off drinking more water no matter what day it is. However, after a session of massage or acupuncture you should take a day to ensure that you’re best utilizing all of that increased circulation to improve your body’s chances of healing.
So drink up!