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Problems With Massage Therapy

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Problems With Massage Therapy
Intense massage treatments may leave you sore. Photo Credit: David De Lossy/DigitalVision/Getty Images

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.

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More Soreness

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.

Safety Considerations

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.

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