There is much you can do at home to continue your healing process. Number one is to listen to your body. Bodywork sessions can trigger what is called a "healing crisis." (Read more about what a healing crisis is here.) This means that old injuries and traumas that have been stored in your tissues can be reactivated and cause a flare-up of symptoms. You may feel worse before you feel better. What is important is that your body is re-organizing. It is changing. Support your body in these changes by drinking extra water and reducing your stress load. You may find it helpful to nap, work-out, journal, cry, scream, take epsom salt baths or put on rhythmic music and dance. Following are some of the self-care tools I recommend and video instructionals on how to use them. I sell therapy balls, essential oils and warm pillow packs at my office and you can set up a free 30 minute session to explore which products best serve you.
I sell 4" inflatable balls that you can use to help release restrictions in your soft tissue. Learn how to use it here.
A Theracane is a self-massage tool that I highly recommend. Watch a video here.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook was written to teach the layperson how to find the muscles causing pain patterns and to self-treat. It is a wonderful resource and well worth investing in along with a Theracane. Purchase here.
The National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists offers a symptom index on their website to help you identify which muscles are involved in your pain and dysfunction. Check it out here.
A CranioCradle can be used to induce a still point in your craniosacral system as well as to relieve tension in the body.
This website contains information about lymphedema and this page has a link to limb and breathing exercises that stimulate lymph flow.
Here are videos and websites that I recommend:
John Barnes explains and demonstrates self unwinding. This is a valuable technique that you can do at home everyday.