Will I Be Sore After My Massage?
  • Post-massage soreness varies from client to client and largely depends on the treatment given (depth of pressure required, general vs specific areas treated) as well as the clients state of health (active, receives massage regularly vs. sedentary with health concerns)
  • When a therapist is working in or around an aggravated muscle or an injured area, there is a chance of discomfort during the massage. The therapist will work within your tolerance and will use techniques to make change while keeping you as relaxed and comfortable as we possibly can.
  • After your first massage you may or may not experience DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) which sets in within 24 hours post-massage. This occurs most often after your first massage- we are working on guarded, grumpy tissues here and sometimes they don’t like it! It’s hard to convince tight tissue to give in, but once it does and your body realizes how much better things can feel, you will find that in future massages these same tissues will give in quite easily, and there is a much lower chance that you will be tender post-treatment. This soreness is not the same feeling as any pain you may have came into the clinic with. Typically, clients refer to this feeling as ‘a good pain’, like the muscles have been worked- similar to at the gym.
  • Stretching, heat or ice can be used to alleviate any tenderness post massage (as instructed by your therapist).
  • This usually only lasts 24 hours at most. As the stiffness ceases, you should feel better than before you came to receive treatment.
  • A person who exercises regularly will be less likely to experience this post-massage pain because their muscles are used to being worked.
  • As your body becomes accustomed to receiving massage, you are less likely to experience this tenderness after your treatments.
  • ‘No pain, no gain’ is not a theory we abide by here at BACK IN MOTION. Sometimes it is necessary to apply a deeper pressure to a certain area to achieve desired results, however the massage should still be relaxing and enjoyable. Your therapist will check in with you to make sure they are working within your tolerance levels.

Did you know...

Muscles and fascia are made of very smart tissues; if an area is not responding to treatment the answer is not always to apply more pressure and force it to change. Many times that stubborn muscle isn’t the problem, and is only tight because it is being pulled on by neighboring structures. Don’t be surprised if your therapist ends up working on your legs to help your back, or shoulder to help your elbow- it’s all connected! We must think globally to be effective when treating the body.