More than a hundred types of massage therapy are available to treat muscle soreness, improve energy and stimulate relaxation. Massage therapy may also be used to treat chronic low back pain, sports injuries, insomnia and depression. Although most people thrive after a massage, some people may have an unsatisfying experience.
An intense massage therapy session, such as a deep tissue massage, can leave you feeling sore for a day or two afterward. If you're going in with the intent of feeling relaxed, this could be a problem. For the best massage experience, speak to your therapist about your expectations before the session.
Lack of Results
A massage may not speed recovery after an injury. A review of research published in the September 2008 issue of the "Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine" found that, in clinical studies, massage did not help athletes recover faster after an intense workout. In most cases, massage also did not enhance athletic performance.
Massage is generally a safe treatment but can pose a risk to certain individuals. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that pregnant women seek massage from therapists specifically trained in prenatal massage. Diabetics may experience a drop in blood sugar right after a massage, which can pose a health risk. Anyone with heart, kidney, phlebitis, cellulitis, blood clots, bleeding disorders and cancer should check with a physician before going in for massage therapy.