Pain—An Important Part of Healing in Massage Therapy

October 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Pain is the result when the body undergoes an injury. Have you ever twisted your ankle? As soon as the ankle swells up with inflammation, pain begins, and the muscles surrounding the site of injury undergo muscle spasm. That is, they tighten up. This tightening of muscle around the injury is the body’s natural way of forming a splint around the ankle with the purpose of immobilizing the injury to prevent further damage. Sometimes, the body maintains this spastic state even after the injury begins to get better. This is bad because the healing process slows down leaving behind weakened tissue, energy blocks in the meridians, and trigger points.

Healing methods can re-initiate the healing process by shifting the energy block and bringing energy into the area. When energy flows once again, circulation lags not too far behind. In due time, the muscles leave their spastic state and enter the relaxed state. Pain and injury come back. At first, this may feel bad. However, this is a good sign that the healing processes are underway, and relief from pain is soon to follow.

The presence of pain is a good indicator of the health and energy flow in the area of injury. If everything is okay, the pain may be the result of increased qi, or vital energy, into a blocked area. Pain during a massage therapy session usually subsides as the blocked energy begins to move once again. The massage therapist can still work on your painful shoulder as long as the pain is not too much for you to bear.

If you feel increased pain during a massage therapy session, or a sudden emotional release, or feel uncomfortable during the session, do not be ashamed to tell your massage therapist. Have your therapist use less or more pressure or cease the session entirely. Otherwise, the massage therapist will let energy do its job within your body.

A good pain is the pain of healing. A bad pain is the pain of injury. It can be difficult to discern the difference. Sometimes, good pain is followed by relief from pain. Even though you feel sore, pain relief is just around the corner. Good pain likes pressure and touch, does not last long, and improves every day. On the other hand, bad pain feels like damage is taking place. This type of pain may be red and hot. This is the kind of pain that does not like pressure and touch and may get worse before it gets better.

Either way, if you feel uncomfortable during a massage therapy session, tell your therapist. It is her job to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as you can in order to facilitate a pleasant massage.

Micaela Romualdez is a freelance article writer for DFWChiroMassage. She enjoys writing on topics such as chiropractic healing, rolfing, massage therapy benefits, homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition, and other types of alternative health care.

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