You just had a massage and you feel great—loose, relaxed, and maybe even a little sleepy. So why are you so sore the next day?
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The Science of Soreness
It’s not uncommon to feel a little bit sore after a massage. In fact, it’s actually a good sign that the massage was effective. The soreness is caused by the release of toxins from your muscles. When your muscles are worked, they release toxins that can build up and cause soreness. Massage helps to flush these toxins out of your body and reduce the soreness.
The physiology of why you might be sore after a massage
There are a number of reasons why you might feel sore after a massage. It could be that the therapist worked deeply on a specific muscle group, or that you have expended a lot of energy during the session. It could also be due to toxins being released from your muscles into your bloodstream.
The most likely explanation, however, is that the massage has simply caused your muscles to contract and relax rapidly, which can lead to muscular soreness. This is especially true if the therapist used deep pressure during the massage.
While it might be uncomfortable, muscular soreness after a massage is generally nothing to worry about and should dissipate within a day or two. If you are particularly sore, you can try using an ice pack or taking a warm bath to relieve the discomfort
The difference between good and bad soreness
There’s a difference between good soreness and bad soreness. Good soreness is the kind that comes from a challenging workout and goes away within a day or two. Bad soreness is the kind that comes on suddenly, lingers for days, and isn’t eased by stretching or massage.
The source of good soreness is microscopic tears in your muscles that occur when you challenge them in new ways. These tears are actually a sign of growth — as your muscles heal, they become stronger than they were before.
Bad soreness, on the other hand, is usually caused by overdoing it, either by working out too hard, too long, or too often without giving your body time to recover. This can lead to inflammation, which can aggravate existing conditions like arthritis, and it can also cause new problems like stiffness and pain.
If you’re not sure whether your soreness is good or bad, err on the side of caution and consult a healthcare professional. In most cases, however, a little bit of discomfort is no cause for alarm — it just means you’re making gains!
When to Expect Soreness
Soreness after a massage is pretty common. In fact, many people believe that the soreness is a sign that the massage was effective. While it is true that you might be a little sore after a massage, there are a few things that you should know about soreness and massages.
If it’s your first massage
Please remember that massage therapy is a cumulative treatment. It builds on itself, so the more regularly you receive massage, the longer each session will last and the less frequently you will need to come in.
If it’s your first massage, or if it’s been awhile since your last one, you may be sore afterward. It’s not unusual to feel some discomfort for a day or so after deep work, especially if the muscles being worked are tight or damaged. Depending on how tender you are, you may feel some soreness for up to 48 hours after the massage. This is normal and part of the process as your body releases tension and toxins. Drink plenty of water during this time to help flush out the toxins.
If you’ve had a massage before
If you’ve had a massage before, you know that it can sometimes leave you feeling a little (or a lot!) sore afterward. But why is that?
The main reason why massages can leave you feeling sore is because of the amount of pressure that is applied to your muscles. When your muscles are compressed and manipulated, it can cause tiny tears in the muscle fibers. This is perfectly normal and actually helps your muscles to heal and become stronger. However, it can also lead to temporary soreness.
There are a few things that you can do to reduce the amount of soreness that you feel after a massage. First, be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your massage. This will help to flush out the toxins that are released from your muscles during the massage. Second, avoid strenuous activity immediately following your massage. Give yourself time to relax and let your muscles recover. And lastly, apply ice or heat to any particularly sore areas. This will help to reduce inflammation and pain.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy all the benefits of a massage without feeling too much pain afterward.
How to Handle Soreness
You just had a massage and now you’re feeling really sore. Maybe you even feel a little bruised. What’s going on? It’s not unusual to feel sore after a massage. In fact, it’s quite common. There are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort and help your body recover.
Ways to soothe sore muscles
Getting a massage is a great way to relax and ease muscle tension, but sometimes afterwards your muscles can feel a little bit sore. This is perfectly normal! It’s called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), and it can happen when your muscles are unaccustomed to being worked on.
There are a few things you can do to soothe your sore muscles:
-Apply heat: Use a heating pad or take a warm bath to help relax your muscles.
-Stretch: Gently stretching your muscles can help them feel less tight.
-Drink water: Staying hydrated will help your body recover more quickly.
-Rest: Taking it easy for the day or two after your massage will give your muscles time to recover.
If you find that your soreness is more than just mild discomfort, or if it lasts for more than a few days, be sure to consult with your doctor or massage therapist.
When to see a doctor
If you’re experiencing persistent or severe pain after a massage, it’s important to see a doctor. While most cases of soreness after a massage are temporary and not cause for concern, there are some conditions that can be aggravated by massage. These include:
-DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
If you have any of these conditions, or if you’re pregnant, please let your massage therapist know before your session.