The 3 Dangers of Massage May11


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The 3 Dangers of Massage

Massage therapy is always relaxing, it helps to relax the mind and body, reduce stress and physical pain, manage anxiety and helps reduce blood pressure. However, massaging isn’t always as relaxing as intended and just like anything else that’s enjoyable, there are risks and dangers to be aware of if you are seeking out massage therapy.

Nerve Damage A diagram showing a healhty nerve cell and an unhealthy nerve cell

For example, some peoples nerves are more sensitive to touch and can be damaged easier, especially if the masseuse isn’t trained or the client isn’t giving the proper feedback that maybe he or she is feeling too much pressure, and this can result in temporary or even permanent nerve damage.
That’s why it’s always important to not only receive your massage from someone who is experienced but to communicate with them and be sure to guide them on the amount of pressure you can take before your nerves are damaged.
Although this is a real concern, it is very rarely a serious injury, and it is quite rare. Many Masseuses agree it is quite hard to physically damage nerve tendons through simply massaging, especially self-massage, as many nerves are buried under skin, fat and extra layers of tissue to protect them.
Also because the human body is very smart at telling us when things aren’t working properly, regardless of if we pay attention to it or not, many nerves in the stages of being damaged will give off enough warning signs to the person, shooting pains etc stopping any permanent damage before it can be done.
If you pay attention to your body at all and you know you have quite healthy lungs and veins then it is not very common for these to be damaged through simple massage therapy. Most healthy nerves aren’t very sensitive.

Infectious Skin Conditions

Skin is mostly composed of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. These two layers provide not only a protective layer over everything inside you but also protection from everything not inside you, strength and elasticity is another defining factor of skin, which is considered the largest living organism on the body.
It is also one of the most important harbouring sweat glands, hairs, oil glands, blood vessels and various nerve endings which is why it’s so important to look after your skin and treat it with care.
Skin conditions can be very irritating, sometimes even painful and are spread annoyingly easily. Whether you spread it around your own body, to someone else or someone else is spreading it around your body, the bottom line is it can spread quite easily, so with a contact activity like massages, it is important to consult your gp or masseuse for any skin conditions you have or any skin conditions your masseuse might have that may spread.
These type of infections can include herpes, cold sores, ringworms and warts which can be unknowingly spread to other areas of the body by the masseuse or even spread onto the masseuse.

Blood Clots

High blood pressure can cause a lot of problems for people in different aspects of their life, even something as relaxing as massage therapy.
Having high blood pressure can cause problems with how easily blood flows around the body, causing problems in the arteries and veins with plaque buildup can cause clots in the blood.
When receiving a massage with high blood pressure it is possible the act of the massage itself can rupture the plaque buildup in veins, causing the blood to randomly clot which can be fatal.
Although the risk of this is low and very uncommon, this type of danger can cause clots in the brain and heart.
Clients who have problems with blood flow in the veins, for example, if they are suffering from DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) are also at risk of the blood clotting, massages can increase this risk and act as a catalyst to bad veins, causing clots that can travel to the lungs and cause some serious health problems.

Again although these risk factors are low, the danger that can occur to a person because of this can be fatal so it is quite important if you know you have DVT or high blood pressure to consult your GP or masseuse before receiving your relaxing therapy.