Here are some of the more common massage myths. This post is an extract of a more extensive post by Jackie Fedyk. If you would like to check the full post you can find it here.
Massage is just a treat
Fact: Massage therapy has many benefits.
Massage can reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Massage can help the body heal from injury, improve, or even speed up rehabilitation. Massage is a great way to maintain wellness and fitness even when you are not in pain. Some massage techniques may relieve tension headaches.
A sign of a good massage is being sore the next day.
Fact: Although it is normal to feel tenderness the day after, especially if you receive a deep tissue massage, it is also normal not to. Being sore is not the only indication of a productive massage. You may experience some discomfort during a massage and sometimes some pain is productive.
Massage therapy flushes toxins out of the body.
Fact: This is a very common misconception. There is actually no scientific evidence that having a massage can release toxins from your muscles. However, a long term effect of massage therapy can improve circulation, which will help with your body’s natural ability to dispose of waste.
You must drink water after a massage.
Fact: It’s not a must, however a hydrated body is a happy body, and nice hydrated muscles tend to be healthier. So go ahead and drink some water, it’s good for you! You did also just spend about an hour on the table, likely mouth breathing for a bit, if not the whole thing (it’s okay; we don’t judge). You probably need to replenish your water.
Massage is only for muscles.
Fact: Massage can improve range of motion in joints and help break down scar tissue. It is also helpful in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression.