Why am I sore after my massage – Deep tissue?

By Breathe Team | Nov 01, 2019

Massage is a wonderful experience that no one should miss. The health benefits are both physical and internal to anyone who is taking on a session.

Picture this.  You decided to take a break from your marathon busyness. So, you use the massage on-demand app to invite over a massage therapist for an in-home deep tissue massage session. After the session was over, you started feeling sore (could be mild ache or a serious discomfort in joint). You are definitely going to ask if it is normal to feel sore after deep tissue massage. Here, we are going to explain some things about why you may feel sore after the massage.

Time Lapse between massage sessionsIf it has been a while since you last took a massage, your body can feel sore, as the massage tries to take effect on stiff muscles and tissues to ease the built-in tension in the tissues. Massage forces blood into the muscle to improve nutrient circulation while removing toxins. This can trigger a healing response -an instance where there is a temporary inflammation in certain areas of the body. The inflammation can cause discomfort. However, for this kind of condition, both the pain and inflammation are supposed to last from a few hours to a day or two. You may need to use mild pain killers or gently massage inflamed parts after the party (therapy session) is over.

Delicate health conditions

Hey, here is something you should always do (maybe against next time; you’re probably reading this because you feel pain). Let your massage therapist know if you have any health condition or pain in the body before the massage session. If you have certain health conditions and pain in your body without informing the massage therapist, things can get really complicated. Informing them beforehand will let them know (i) if you are eligible for a deep tissue massage therapy, or (ii) how to manage pressure around areas with pain. Health conditions such as blood clotting disorder, skin cancer, osteoporosis, and bleeding disorder should be watched before having a deep tissue massage therapy. You should steer clear deep tissue massage during chemotherapy treatments or on recent exposure to radiation. You can find out more about health conditions that may trigger pain, discomfort, or complications with deep tissue massage therapy.

Right impact on the body:

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As it is with other forms of bodywork, soreness may be an expected feeling during the deep tissue massage. The process of myofascial release or other unwinding’s can cause your body to ‘reboot’. That is, tight muscles or knots are triggered to relax after they had contracted without relaxing and have been overworked; so, when the spots are hit with the pressure from your therapist, the points can feel relaxed, causing soreness. If this were the case, the pain should not be more than 36 hours under any condition. If more, please reach your therapist or doctor.

An unskilled therapist

When you have an unskilled therapist, they may apply too much pressure on your body and joints than needed. They may think “the more the pressure, the more effective it gets”. So, if that was worked on your body, you will definitely feel pain. It is why we always advise going for licensed massage therapists that have been tested and deemed fit to care for humans’ health and wellness by health bodies and organization. A typical way to know if your massage therapist is/was unskilled is when the soreness does not leave you after 36 hours from the conclusion of the massage session or with consistent severe pains.

What to do to reduce soreness after deep tissue massage

If you feel sore after a deep tissue massage session, here are some things to consider, to ease the tension and fully recuperate.

Drink fluids: Take plenty of fluids. They will help to keep you hydrated and help to flush out body toxins.

Rest: After your massage therapy, sit/lay back and rest. Allow the body and its muscles to attain the normal (relaxed) position, getting ready to fire again.

Take vitamin C: Consume foods and fruits that are rich in vitamin C. They help with muscle recovery.

Try warm body dabs: You can also try an Epsom salt soak. Use a towel to gently dab your body; you may gently stroke the body if you wish.

You have a role to play

The effectiveness of a massage session is not in the fact that you feel pain. A deep tissue massage does not have to be painful or hurtful always. Various therapists have different techniques to do whatever it is that they want. However, the deep tissue massage requires that special pressure is focused on core areas of your body where the tissues can be reached and reinvigorated. Therefore, you have a role to play, too; if you feel pain rather than feeling your body relaxed, you should speak up and let your therapist know about it. While it is possible to feel a tensed area during a massage, a therapist is not able to tell about the intensity of the pain you feel.

You don’t have to feel like pain is a part of a massage session. No, it is not. Pain may only be your body’s response to the therapy. A massage session is not a torment session. Another thing you may have to do is to know if your massage therapist is certified. With trusted apps, you can get an amazing fleet of on-demand massage therapists.


Get the Breathe app

You can reduce or remove the chance of having to consult uncertified therapists by getting Breathe, a smart technological app that allows you to connect with licensed massage therapists near you. All you have to do is sign up and book a massage, a licensed massage therapist will be assigned to you. All Breathe therapists are licensed and have gone through a background check. They are considerably safe for you to work with. You can have them work on you for any form of massage and not just the deep tissue massage. Download the Android or Apple version, whichever one works for you. Visit our website @ www.breatheondemand.com