Massage therapy is considered as one of the safest ways to reduce stress levels, strengthen the immune system, and increase energy levels. However, if done with a wrong technique, a simple massage can cause minor injuries, stress the nerves, and aggravate existing conditions.
Although massages have therapeutic and healing properties, it may cause adverse effects when the pressure is not applied in the right way. In rare cases, it can cause temporary to long-term pain.
Find out how wrong massage techniques can affect you.
Nerves can withstand light pressure, but that does not mean that massage cannot damage your nerves. Although it rarely occurs, you may experience a nerve injury, by massaging the neck and shoulder area, especially with excessive focal pressure. The areas where nerves are more exposed are called “endangerment sites.” These areas include:
- Throat and side of the throat
- Hollow under earlobes
- Axillary area (armpit)
- Inside and outside of the elbow
- Belly and lowest rib
- Back of the knee
There are many other locations where nerves can be vulnerable to pressure. It is crucial for individuals to inform their massage therapists if they have existing pain or when they experience discomfort during the massage to reduce the risk of nerve injury.
Soreness and Bruising
Sports and deep tissue massages are intense, and you may feel minor discomfort during the massage. You may also experience soreness the next day.
Bruising should not follow after a massage, but it may as a result of too much pressure. It is important to tell your therapist when too much pressure is applied or you feel too much pain. If you suffer a little swelling, a gentle massage of Kairali’s Kairkare Plus Oil will be an effective remedy for instant relief. It is a good substitute for general pain relief medicines. If the pain stays for more than a day, kindly consult your doctor.
Existing Conditions Aggravate
People who have health problems seek recommended massage therapy to reduce the signs and symptoms. For instance, individuals with arthritis, depression, and repetitive stress injuries can benefit from a regular massage.
However, a massage performed near or in the area of bone fractures, open wounds, or blood clots may result in complications. People with brittle or weak bones are prone to compromising their bones when massage is applied with pressure. Even though physical therapy is helpful to cancer patients, it is crucial to avoid the tumor site as this could cause problems.
People with low blood platelet counts may experience adverse effects from massages, as they can easily get bruised even with light pressure. Massage may also induce early labor or injury in pregnant women if done wrong.
Cause New Injuries
In very rare cases, a massage may cause another injury, usually in the areas of the back and neck. To avoid this, you need to make sure that your therapist is a trained professional. If you have an existing injury, it is best to look for a therapist specializing in that area.
In rare cases, a strong massage may cause a severe headache and bone fracture. It may also dislodge blood clots, which can get trapped in the brain, lungs, or other tissues and result in a life-threatening condition. These may only occur with careless and forceful massage of higher risk patients.
Massages offer numerous health benefits. It has therapeutic and healing properties that help your body relax and recover fast from medical problems. However, massages are not always the right treatment for everyone. It may cause injuries, especially with wrong massage techniques.
It is essential to tell your therapist about your condition and existing injuries. This will help them deliver the best results. During your massage session, keep an open communication and speak up when you feel pain or discomfort. Again, always go to a highly trained professional therapist to lower the risks of adverse effects.