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Is a Painful Massage a Good Thing?

If you’re like most of us, you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier in 2018. You’re eating smarter and you’re exercising – but are you getting more massages? Caty Grigsby, Licensed Massage Therapist at the Healing House Massage Center, discusses the health benefits of massage.

Q: What exactly is massage?

A: Massage is simply a general term for using pressure to manipulate your muscles, skin, ligaments and tendons. It can be a great tool to help you improve your well-being and your overall health.

Q: What are the health benefits of getting a massage?

A: First and foremost, a good massage simply feels awesome. You should always leave your massage feeling relaxed and refreshed. Massage can be great for relieving chronic pain and muscle tension, as well as reducing stress.

While it is important to remember that a massage therapist cannot medically diagnose or treat injuries, studies have shown that massages may be helpful for:

  • Insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

Q: Are painful massages more effective for loosening muscles?

A: Absolutely not. There is no reason whatsoever that a massage should ever be painful. If your massages are painful, I encourage you to seek a different massage therapist.


Q: Can massages help prevent injuries?

A: Yes. A high number of sports injuries occur while an athlete is trying to compensate or overcorrect due to existing pain in a joint or muscle. Relieving that pain through massage is a great way to avoid the possibility of injury.

Q: Can I get a massage while I’m pregnant?

A: Absolutely. In fact, I recommend it. A proper massage presents no danger to mother or the baby during a normal pregnancy (if you have a high-risk pregnancy, talk with your doctor before getting a massage), and can help relieve many of the discomforts that most mothers experience during pregnancy.


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