A Massage When You are Sick?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 04/24/2012 - 04:35 pm

Category: Health & Beauty

By  Natalie Rumbaugh


You woke up this morning stiff and sore because you were in bed all day yesterday with a cold. You realize you have a massage scheduled and think that’s a good thing. A massage will provide relief to achy muscles and provide an hour of feeling good instead of feeling terrible, right? Well, not so fast.


Actually, getting a massage when you are sick with a cold or flu can be a very bad idea. Depending on which stage of the illness you are in, a massage can send a virus zooming through your body—making you feel a lot worse.


Massage has a profound effect on the circulatory system, facilitating the movement of fluid throughout your body. This is not good news if you are in the acute phase of a cold (typically the first two or three days). By moving fluids, we can spread the cold through the body much more quickly than would happen naturally. On the other hand, if you are on the post-acute side of the infection (four or five days after the symptoms have appeared), massage may help to speed recovery time.


Be aware, however, that it is possible to feel like you are having a relapse the day after your massage. The circulatory work provided by the massage is the equivalent of squeezing three days of recovery time into one day of feeling symptomatic again.


So, if you are developing a cold, it is probably better to reschedule your massage and get some rest instead. Once you are in the post-acute phase of your infection, about a week after the first symptoms appeared, we can work together to ease the remaining discomfort and speed up your recovery time.


Don’t forget our Raindrop Treatment is an excellent boost for your immune system.


Of course, if you have any doubt or questions, always speak with your massage therapist or consult your physician. Wishing you good health.


Essential Elements is located at 7055 Engle Road, Suite 401, in Middleburg Heights. Call 440-826-1100 for an appointment. For a description of treatments, directions, hours or to book online, visit www.EssentialElementsMassage.com.