BRUISING AFTER DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Written by: Akhilesh Dev | Posted: September 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm | Total Comments: 1
Have you ever been left with bruises after having a Deep tissue massage (Manchester) or sports massage? And if so have you thought ‘well that must have done some good’. No pain without gain right? In my opinion it’s wrong bruising is not the normal outcome of a deep tissue massage!
Bruises, also called muscle contusions, happen when small blood vessels (capillaries) beneath the skin are broken causing microscopic tears in them, this causes bleeding. Since the skin is not broken, the blood spreads out beneath the skin, giving the appearance of black, blue or purple on the surface. The more blood involved, the larger the bruise. Bruising typically occurs as a result of an injury to the area such as fall or bump.
Keep in mind that bruising will be more common if you have easily bruised skin, or you suffer from a condition which leaves your skin prone to bruising. For example, easy bruising becomes more common as you age due to aging capillaries and thinner skin. Women are more prone to bruising than men. Blood conditions that cause clotting problems, or the use of medications like blood clotting drugs, steroids or some cancer medication, can also make your skin more likely to bruise from a deep tissue massage.
What to do if You Experience Bruising from Deep Tissue Massage?
Apply an ice or cold pack to the bruised skin several times a day for about 48 hours after the bruise occurs. If pain accompanies the bruises, use an over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.
Will I Enjoy a Deep Tissue Massage or Will I Just have to Endure it?
I make every effort to make sure that you will get some relaxation and enjoyment from your massage with me. That is not to say that I will not work deeply and some of my work may be uncomfortable but I will keep it to levels that you can tolerate. I always include long gliding strokes (effleurage) to help move toxins that I release from tense muscles into the circulatory system, aid lymphatic drainage and reduce stress. You may still feel some soreness for a couple of days, you may even experience the healing crisis where you feel washed out and a bit worse initially (only lasts for a few hours) but ultimately you should get great results. These treatments are meant to reduce pain, not create it.
How Deep Should Your Massage Be?
It’s important to be realistic about what one Deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage to retain your muscle tension habits.