What is Lactic Acid Drainage Therapy

Lactic acid massage therapy focuses on relieving muscle soreness and fatigue that results from the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles, a common occurrence after intense physical activities or workouts. Lactic acid is produced when the body breaks down carbohydrates for energy in situations where oxygen levels are low, such as during strenuous exercise. This can lead to a feeling of muscle burn and post-exercise soreness as the acid accumulates in the muscles.

The primary goal of lactic acid massage therapy is to accelerate the removal of lactic acid from the muscles, enhancing recovery and reducing discomfort. The massage involves deep tissue techniques and specific strokes aimed at increasing circulation to the affected areas. By improving blood flow, the therapy helps to flush out the lactic acid and bring fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, facilitating quicker recovery.

Lactic acid massage therapy is particularly beneficial for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone engaged in regular physical activity that leads to muscle fatigue and soreness. It’s an effective way to support the body’s recovery after exertion, ensuring readiness for future physical challenges.


At a Glance

Massage Therapist
30mins Per Session
Once a Week
Best Results
2 - 3 Sessions
Down Time

What to Expect

Upon scheduling a session for lactic acid massage therapy, clients can look forward to a personalized treatment plan focused on alleviating muscle soreness and enhancing recovery from intense physical activities. The experience begins with an initial consultation where the therapist inquires about recent workouts, specific areas of discomfort, and overall therapy goals, ensuring a tailored approach.

Clients are then comfortably positioned on the massage table, with adjustments made for optimal relaxation and effectiveness. The massage itself employs deep tissue techniques, targeting regions most affected by lactic acid buildup. Techniques such as kneading, applying pressure, and long strokes aim to improve circulation, facilitating the removal of lactic acid and the influx of nutrient-rich blood to sore muscles. Sessions typically range from 30 to 90 minutes, with therapists encouraging open communication about pressure preferences and comfort levels to ensure a beneficial and soothing experience.

Post-massage, clients are advised to drink plenty of water to aid in the flushing of toxins and may be given recommendations for gentle stretches to support ongoing muscle flexibility. Follow-up sessions may be suggested, depending on the individual’s activity level and recovery needs, to maintain optimal muscle health and performance. Engaging in lactic acid massage therapy is a proactive step towards managing post-exercise recovery, offering clients an effective way to reduce discomfort and improve their physical readiness for future activities.


What You'll Enjoy


What to do After your Treatment


Maintaining Your Results

Maintaining the results of lactic acid massage therapy and ensuring ongoing muscle health and performance requires a combination of regular treatment, lifestyle adjustments, and self-care practices. Here’s how clients can sustain the benefits:

  1. Regular Massage Sessions: Schedule lactic acid massage therapy regularly, especially after intense workout sessions or periods of heightened physical activity, to continuously manage lactic acid buildup and muscle soreness.

  2. Hydration: Keep yourself well-hydrated to aid in the flushing out of toxins, including lactic acid, from the muscles and body. Proper hydration supports overall muscle recovery and function.

  3. Balanced Nutrition: Incorporate a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, proteins for muscle repair, and antioxidants to support recovery and reduce muscle soreness. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and flaxseeds, can particularly help in reducing inflammation.

  4. Adequate Rest: Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and rest between physical activities to allow your muscles time to repair and recover.

  5. Active Recovery: Engage in light, low-impact activities such as walking, yoga, or stretching on rest days. Active recovery can help maintain circulation and flexibility, reducing stiffness and aiding in muscle recovery.

  6. Cold and Heat Therapy: Alternating between cold and heat therapy can help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation. Cold therapy can constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to minimize swelling, while heat therapy can relax muscles and improve circulation.

  7. Sports Massage and Foam Rolling: Incorporate sessions of sports massage and foam rolling at our facility into your routine. These services are specifically designed to target tight muscles and areas prone to soreness, helping maintain muscle health and flexibility between professional massage sessions. Our skilled therapists can provide targeted relief and advice on foam rolling techniques, ensuring you get the most out of each session and sustain your therapy results.

  8. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to signs of overtraining or excessive muscle fatigue. Adjusting workout intensity and frequency based on your body’s signals can prevent excessive lactic acid buildup and muscle strain.

By incorporating these practices into your wellness routine, you can extend the benefits of lactic acid massage therapy, supporting muscle recovery, enhancing performance, and maintaining overall physical well-being.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does lactic acid massage therapy help with muscle recovery?
This therapy helps by increasing circulation to the affected muscles, facilitating the removal of lactic acid buildup, which can reduce soreness and improve recovery time after intense physical activities.
Can lactic acid massage therapy improve athletic performance?
Yes, by aiding in quicker muscle recovery and reducing soreness, this therapy can help athletes return to training sooner and may improve overall performance.
How often should I get a lactic acid massage?
Frequency can vary based on your activity level and recovery needs. It might range from once a week for regular athletes to once a month for maintenance. Your therapist can provide a recommended schedule based on your specific situation.
Can everyone receive lactic acid drainage massage therapy
While beneficial for many, individuals with certain conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or chronic heart conditions, should consult with a healthcare provider before undergoing lactic acid massage therapy.
What can I expect to feel during the massage?
You may experience mild discomfort, especially when tight or sore areas are being worked on, but the overall sensation should be one of relief and relaxation.
Will I feel sore after the massage?
Some individuals may experience mild soreness or tenderness in the treated areas, similar to the sensation after a vigorous workout, but this typically subsides within a day or two.
Can this therapy help with conditions other than lactic acid buildup?
While primarily aimed at addressing muscle soreness related to lactic acid, the increased circulation and muscle relaxation benefits can also aid in general stress relief and well-being.
What is the cost of Lactic Acid Drainage therapy?
The cost of lactic acid massage therapy can vary, as it's customized to align with your specific recovery needs and wellness objectives. The price may fluctuate depending on the session length, the therapist's expertise, and whether you opt for additional modalities or treatments, such as sports massage or foam rolling, to enhance the recovery process. During your initial consultation with us, we'll discuss your physical activities, any particular areas of muscle soreness or tension, and what you hope to achieve through the therapy. Armed with this information, we'll craft a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Following this, we'll outline the pricing and the various package options available, ensuring that the plan not only targets your recovery and performance goals effectively but also fits within your budget. This personalized approach ensures you receive a lactic acid massage therapy experience that not only aids in your muscle recovery and enhances your athletic performance but also aligns with your financial preferences, guaranteeing you make the most of your treatment.
How do I book an Appointment & Treatment?
To book a consultation and treatment, you can call us on 072 234 1326 or book via email using the available appointment form on this page.

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