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Why does sports massage hurt?

Categories: Sports Massage
Tags: pain

I'm sure that by now you all know the amazing benefits of getting a sports massage, and have experienced these benefits first hand if you've been in for a massage with me, but sports massage is not always the most comfortable of experiences whilst it's happening.

You will probably feel some discomfort and maybe even pain, depending on your own pain threshold and how tight your muscles are, during the treatment and also afterwards.

Why can sports massage sometimes be painful?

Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, so a great deal of pressure is put on the muscles in order to treat them. This pressure can be uncomfortable. The more tense your muscles are, the more uncomfortable it is going to be because they cannot be stretched or manipulated as easily under the pressure of your sports massage therapist's hands (or elbows!). The more relaxed you are going into a massage, the less discomfort you will feel, so regular massage, stretching and foam rolling will help you to loosen up your muscles and have a more comfortable experience.

You may also find that your muscles ache for a day or two after a sports massage. The muscles that were worked on during the massage may feel tender the next day in a similar way to how they ache after a tough gym session. There may also be some mild inflammation around the area but you should not have any bruising, even if you might feel like you are bruised. A good sports massage is basically like a workout for the body as your muscles are being manipulated in ways that they might not be used to, and the increased rush of blood to the muscles and the toxins being flushed out can be causes of the pain you feel the next day.

Good pain vs. bad pain

The discomfort you feel during and after a massage is completely normal and, on the whole, it means it is working. But a sports massage should never cause you so much pain that you feel the need to tense up in order to bear it. If your muscles are tense then they won't be getting much of a benefit from the massage. If you feel like the pain is too much, then talk to your massage therapist and ask them to apply a bit less pressure. The amount of pressure required will be different for each individual. If the aching in your muscles persists for more than a couple of days after the massage or if you develop any bruising afterwards, then it is advisable to see your doctor about this.

So next time you're feeling the pain from a massage, just enjoy it because it means the massage is working and you'll soon be feeling loose and relaxed. Get in touch to book your sports massage by calling 0115 8373553 or book online.

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