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Why Massage Makes You Sore

Updated: Feb 6, 2019



Have you ever experienced soreness after massage?

Depending upon your body type as well as the kind of massage you may be receiving, Post-massage Soreness and Malaise can be experienced following a massage therapy session.


What is Post-massage Soreness and Malaise?

In the most basic of words, PMSM or Post-massage Soreness and Malaise are similar to the basic of DOMS or Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness. DOMS or Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness is typically experienced by those that have carried out an uncharacteristically, sudden intense workout which the body may otherwise not have been prepared for or used to. Those suffering from the Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness may be subject to muscle pains depending upon the intensity of the workout, or may even experience weakness.


Just like the Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness, Post-massage onset of Soreness and Malaise is categorized as the coping mechanism of the anatomy by which it heals the process of sudden physical disruption that may have taken place via the delivery of an intense massage therapy session. As the body heals, those suffering from Post-massage Soreness and Malaise may be subject to feeling tired or highly sore a day after receiving massage therapy.


Oil-based massages, in particular, have been known to most commonly bring about Post-massage onset of Soreness and Malaise since they utilize the technique of gliding massage motions which as a result enhance the rate by which fluids are being pushed within the nerves of the anatomy; therefore, creating a relatively high pressure system within the tissues. The muscles, as well as their connective tissues as a result of the enhancement in fluid pressure, face a sudden disruption.


5 ways to alleviate soreness after Massage:

  • Communication with your therapist: The first and foremost step is to communicate it with your therapist. If you feel as though your massage treatments are leaving you more frequently in pain and discomfort than doing much good, then be sure to consult this with your therapist. Depending on the severity of the pain being felt, the therapist will adjust the massage motions, pressure as well as patterns utilized within the therapy for delivery of optimal relaxation. More relaxed and subtle motions will be used to normalize the anatomy and get it used for massages. For this particular remedy, one must be sure to have hired only the most experienced of professionals, those without sufficient experience may further aggravate the situation or the pain being felt by clients by continuing with deep and intense massage motions.

  • Post-Massage stretching: Stretching is known as the process of extending one's body parts for the enhancement of blood flow as well as to increase flexibility. Stretching within massage therapy has been incorporated for decades to be better able to loosen strained or tight muscles within the anatomy. It is advised that in case of those suffering from Post-Massage onset of Soreness and Malaise, gradual stretching of the body can aid with regularizing the sudden increase in blood flow which may have caused the muscles or nerves disruption. Stretching can also significantly aid in loosening up any tensed muscles within the targeted massage area that may have become sore as a result of compressed nerves and pressure buildup. Loosening of nerves or arteries, as a result, can regularize the blood flow; therefore, reduce discomfort being felt.

  • Getting the body accustomed to massages: Those relatively new to the world of receiving massages most commonly face severe cases of Post-Massage onset of Soreness and Malaise due to the reason that their anatomy is not used to the sudden placement of pressure via massage motions. To reduce the chances of being subject to discomfort post-massage, one must start off with massage therapy sessions at a slow pace, that too incorporate movements that are rather subtle than intense or deep. Once the body begins to get accustomed to the massage motions as well as the pressure being applied, the frequency of the massages being received as well as their duration an be increased.

  • Soaking in Epsom Salt after Massage: Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom Surrey, England, is not actually a sat but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. The water should be warm--not hot, but comfortable to the touch. Add the Epsom salt while the water is running to help it dissolve. For a standard-sized tub, use the amount suggested on the package, usually 2 to 3 cups, or the amount recommended by your doctor. Don't use Epsom salt in a hot tub, whirlpool, or other tub with jets unless the manufacturer says its ok. Keep the part of your body that hurts in the water for at least 15 minutes. Just relax.

  • Rest: Last but not least, one of the most commonly advised ways of reducing the effects of the Post-Massage onset of Soreness and Malaise is to rest it out. The discomfort and soreness caused most widely only lasts for a day or two; it is essential to not exhaust the anatomy by taking upon physical labor or increase physical activity. Take a day off, and rest in bed until you feel better.

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