You’ve had a long work week – your body’s tired and you’re ready for a weekend of relaxation. If you’re like 15.4 million other Australia adults, you like to wind down at a masseuse. Spending a day at the spa, getting a massage sounds about right.
And the last thing you expect after returning from your day at the spa is to feel...sore. To most people’s surprise, it’s very common to feel sore after a massage. But few understand why it happens. If you’re curious, continue reading to see that soreness after a massage is completely normal.
Why is There Muscle Soreness After a Massage?
Massage therapy is a multi-billion dollar industry. So there’s something that must be right about it. If you’re experiencing soreness in your muscles after a massage, then there’s a reason why.
For one, your body undergoes what’s called therapeutic inflammation. The soreness is a sign your white blood cells are doing their job right.
When this inflammation happens, your white blood cells go to the massaged tissue to remove waste. During this time, you feel discomfort and in some cases pain. So your muscles may be tender to touch and may appear a bit swollen.
Is soreness after a massage something to worry about? Not at all.
So Why Does this Happen?
Muscles are designed to be fluid and relaxed. When you become stressed mentally or physically, it causes your muscles to tighten. This makes them more rigid.
Then during a deep tissue massage, these rigid muscles are stretched, so they can return to a relaxed state. Small tears are formed during the massage, which leads to blood pooling to that area. This helps to heal the tears.
But at the same time, it leads to inflammation, swelling, and pain. It may feel similar to a bruise.
What You Can Do About it
You don’t have to sit and take the pain. There are things you can do to improve and speed up the process. For example, it’s recommended that you stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help your blood cells flush out toxins.
Some people complain of feeling flu-like after a massage. This is because of dehydration. Not drinking enough water can also lead to tightness in your muscles.
So as a rule of thumb, it’s best to drink lots of water before and after you get a massage. How much is enough? Try drinking double what you normally drink.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Massage?
There’s a reason massages are and likely always will be popular. They offer a lot of great benefits to the body. For example, it can:
- Reduce muscle stiffness and spasms, while increasing flexibility
- Prevent thickening between tissue and joints (which can restrict movement)
- Boost your cardio system by improving blood flow
- Stimulate your nervous system by reducing stress
Bring the Spa Home to You
Wouldn’t it be nice to have daily access to a masseuse? Rather than spending hundreds daily on an expert, you can invest in massage devices. This way you can get massages anytime you want.
If you’re into handheld devices, we have those too. Improve your lifestyle today – visit OSIM to shop around for ways to relax and relieve your tired muscles!