How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Ever since I was a kid, I got bad headaches about three or four times per month. When they’d happen, the only way to get better was to sleep it off.

My recipe for migraine relief is pretty simple.

How often should a person get a massage? Although everyone has different needs, the typical recommendation is to get one massage per week. Each person has a unique body response that dictates how often it should happen, and athletes or those with chronic pain might need specific treatments. 

Is Getting Massaged Too Often Bad for Your Health?

About 10% of people who receive a massage at least once per week experience minor discomfort for a day or more after treatment. 

Some massage options have more risk than others. I like to get deep-tissue massages for the neck tension that causes headaches, but that option might not be suitable for everyone. Here are some of the potential side effects you’d want to consider.

1. Frequent massages can cause new injuries, such as nerve lesions or muscle bruising.

2. Some people with chronic pain issues or an existing injury could exacerbate their condition by getting a massage too often.

3. It might impair athletic performance for some people, especially if some scar tissue gets busted up during that process.

4. There’s a slight risk of experiencing rhabdomyolysis, which means too much protein gets released into the bloodstream.

I’m thankful that my massages are covered by health insurance because of my migraine diagnosis. It’s always better to work with your doctor to determine if this treatment option is right for you.