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WHY YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SORENESS AFTER TREATMENT

If you have never had a sports massage before and are not regularly active there may be some tenderness and soreness post massage treatment. The reasons for these are as follow:

1: RELEASE OF TOXINS

During a massage, the manipulation of soft tissues can stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, which may help release accumulated toxins and metabolic waste products from muscles. As these toxins are flushed out of the tissues, some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or achiness.

2: MUSCLE TENSION RELEASE

Sports massage techniques, such as deep tissue massage or trigger point therapy, can target areas of muscle tension and tightness. While this can provide relief from chronic tension, it may also temporarily aggravate the muscles, leading to soreness as they adjust to the release of tension.

3: MICRO TRAUMA TO MUSCLES

Intense or deep pressure applied during a sports massage can cause microtrauma or small tears in the muscle fibers. This microtrauma is part of the natural process of muscle remodeling and repair, leading to stronger and more resilient muscles over time. However, it can also result in temporary soreness and discomfort as the muscles heal.

4: INCREASED BLOOD FLOW

Massage therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, delivering oxygen and nutrients while removing metabolic waste products. This increase in circulation can enhance tissue healing and recovery but may also contribute to temporary soreness as the muscles adapt to the changes in blood flow.

5: INDIVIDUAL SENSITIVITY

Each individual responds differently to massage therapy based on factors such as muscle condition, sensitivity, and overall health. Some people may be more prone to post-massage soreness due to their individual physiology or existing muscle issues.

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