I was given the opportunity to try some of the services at Brick Canvas so I could review them. All opinions are 100% my own.
|The Car Accident That changed my Life|
2. Time spent in a bath or hot tub. Two years ago, I seriously use to mock people who spent a lot of time in the bath. Now I have joined them. I take one almost every day to ease the aches and pains and my mother-in-law does too. It loosens up your joints and soothes tired muscles. I prefer my bathes with a little bit of Lavender in them for relaxation purposes. Some insurance companies will even cover part of the cost of a hot tub if you have been diagnosed with chronic pain.
4. Chiropractic Care- Also something I was a skeptic of before my car accident, a good chiropractor was able to help me minimize my headaches. I was surprised at how well it helped the rest of my body to have my back treated.
5. Hot and Cold. Try both to figure out what works for you. Heat from a hot water bottle or heating bad is fabulous for relieving sore muscles, but cold actually helps deaden pain sensation by numbing the area. A lot of people only try one and not the other. Try both and figure what helps your specific pain.
6. Massage Therapy. I can understand the resistance to massage therapy, before my car accident, I had never had a massage. It seemed too personal to have someone touching my body, but right after my accident a wonderful friend bought me a gift certificate. I went, pretty skeptical that I would enjoy and I found that it is hands down the best pain management without medication that is available. I have tried quite a few massage therapists since my accident, but I have found my favorite experience/pain relief has come from my experience at Sage Leaf Spa at Brick Canvas in Thanksgiving Point. Sage Leaf Spa offers many different types of massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Injury, Hot Stone, Ashiatsu, Cranial Sacral and Pregnancy. They also offer facials, body wraps and the Vichy Shower.
I think the first massage anyone has, can seems really daunting, at Sage Leaf Spa, they are really understanding, they give you a robe to wear and let you undress to your comfort level. The massage therapist is never going to make you undress past where you are comfortable, but you will have a better experience and a more relaxing massage if you at least remove clothes to your underwear. They only uncover one small part of your body at a time and then rest of you stays completely covered, so it is very modest. One of my favorite things about Sage Leaf Spa is the Do Terra Essential Oils they use for aroma therapy. It makes the atmosphere very relaxing and more enjoyable. I can walk into a massage feeling run down and in pain and walk out feeling like I am walking on air. If you are interested in couples massage, the Sage Leaf Spa can accommodate two people in any type of massage, even Ashiatsu. I absolutely love that the massage therapist comes to talk to you for several minutes before your massage to find out exactly what would help you feel most comfortable and work best for your body.
Over the last two years, using these techniques, I have been able to ween myself of all forms of pain medications. I hope to some day soon try other techniques such as acupuncture, but by far, these have been the answer to my prayers.