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Why do I get sore after a massage? How can I prevent it?


After a massage, it is common to experience some soreness in the muscles. This is due to the pressure applied during the massage, which can cause minor damage to the muscle fibers. This damage to the muscle fibers is completely natural and normal to the body's reparation of the muscles. The body's natural response to this damage is inflammation, which can lead to soreness and stiffness.


Additionally, massages can help to release toxins stored in the muscles. As these toxins are released, they can cause discomfort and soreness. It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage to help flush these toxins out of the body and reduce soreness.

Lastly, soreness after a massage can also be a sign that the massage was effective in addressing areas of tension or tightness in the muscles. While the soreness may be uncomfortable, it is a sign that the body is healing, and the muscles are becoming more relaxed and flexible.


It is common to experience soreness in the muscles. However, there are several things you can do to prevent or minimize this discomfort.


Firstly, it is important to communicate with your massage therapist about the pressure they are using. If the pressure is too intense, it can cause soreness and even bruising. Be sure to speak up and let them know if the pressure is too much to handle. Your therapist never wants to intentionally hurt you!


Secondly, staying hydrated before and after a massage can help prevent soreness. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins released during the massage and keeps the muscles hydrated which will allow for easier pliability of your muscles.

Finally, gentle stretching after a massage can also help prevent soreness. This can include simple stretches such as reaching for your toes or stretching your arms overhead. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise immediately after a massage, as this can cause further muscle damage.


By following these tips, you can help prevent or minimize soreness after a massage and enjoy the full benefits of this relaxing and therapeutic treatment.


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