Some people wonder why their pain returns after getting a massage. They felt so good after the massage but eventually their muscles start to tighten up again.
One explanation falls in the line of the principle that when you do the same things you get the same results.
Once upon a time your muscles felt good. They were loose and would let you move the way you wanted. Eventually you did something to change that. Maybe you weren’t active enough. Many people sit at lot at work and in vehicles. By not using your muscles they start to shorten up and restrict your movements. In time they will become painful.
Maybe your activities caused muscle pain. People overuse muscles in exercise and repetitive motions at work or doing something you enjoy. Your muscles will cooperate for a while but eventually they let you know they need some attention.
So you get a massage and feel good, but some pain starts again.
If you go back to the same habits or using your muscles in the same way that caused the pain before then your those same actions will cause pain again.
We see examples of this idea all around us. Our world is orderly and follows rules. If you put a piece of bread in the toaster what will you get? Toast! Do you expect soup or lasagna or an apple pie to pop up? Of course not, but that would be a handy device to have.
Poor posture can cause pain. If you get a massage and go back to the same posture habits you will get the same results. If inactivity or overusing muscles or not stretching after exercising causes pain, they will continue to cause pain after a massage.
Massage helps you to become more aware of your body and how it feels. Massage makes it feel good again so you begin to notice when pain starts coming back. Often a small adjustment can make a big difference in how you feel and keeping small pains from developing into big ones.
Doing the same things produces the same results. Massage obeys the same rule also. You may find that regular massage can help you feel better consistently.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com