Massages Are Amazing, But They Can Sometimes Hurt
We often associate massages with reducing muscle soreness. But sometimes the massage itself can cause unwanted pain.
Aches and pains may strike a few hours later, or the morning after your massage. Possible causes of this muscle tension could be one of the following factors.
Because intense exercise can be physically demanding, you may require deeper pressure, especially in areas of high exertion. Though these massages increase circulation, accelerate healing and prevent stiffness, they also remove metabolic toxins created during exercise that can irritate tissues. Your body will continue to process these toxins after a massage and can register this as soreness. However, keep in mind that this is a positive response — it tells you your body is receiving the treatment well.
You’ve Misjudged Your Tolerance
Clients new to massage therapy or seeing a new massage therapist are more likely to overestimate their limitations and less likely to say anything if they feel uncomfortable. If you find that you’re feeling more pain after a session than you were before it, this may be the reason.
Your Massage Therapist Overestimated Your Tolerance
Massage therapists are professionally trained to understand tissue issues and pay close attention to resistance in muscles and fascia. Massage therapists will ease up when they feel tension. However, if the therapist doesn’t feel resistance and doesn’t adjust accordingly, he or she may add more pressure causing tissues to sustain microtrauma which will result in soreness.
You Didn’t Stretch Afterward
Though stretching post massage can’t completely prevent soreness after a deep massage, it can decrease the aches you feel afterward.
The Gelliflex® Abacus® Provides Some Relief
The Gelliflex® Abacus® is a gel-ball self-massage device designed for relief from finger/hand/arm aches and pains caused by overuse or repetitive activity. As part of your regular massage routine, you can use the Abacus to provide relief from aches and pains.